By: Kyle James | 09-28-2017 | News
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Rockfall Kills Climber In Yosemite National Park, Injures Another

Climbers in Yosemite National Park were climbing at a popular destination when a rockfall occurred just before 2 p.m. killing one climber and injuring another. The climbers were scaling the East Buttress of El Capitan, a large granite stone above Yosemite Valley when the rockfall occurred striking the two climbers.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Large rockfall off the East Buttress of El Cap in Yosemite. I heard and saw it from Glacier Point at 1:51-1:52pm <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Jon Kameen (@JonKameen) <a href="">September 28, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Park rangers took the injured climber to the hospital and a helicopter hovered above to assess the damage. Officials said the release point seems to be at the climbing route called the waterfall. The size of the rockfall is not known at this time but it was heard and seen far away by other park visitors.

Yosemite National Park remains open to visitors, deaths inside national parks are not uncommon. According to the Washington Post, three other climbers were killed by a rock slide in 1980 at Yosemite National Park.

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