Climber killed in massive rockfall on Yosemite’s El Capitan was British

Two Britons were among group scouting out site where piece of granite the dimensions of the an apartment house fell

The climber who was humbled to demise by a massive rockfall in California’s Yosemite national park was British, officials have said.

The Welsh holidaymaker was with his partner, a British lady, when more than 1,000 tonnes of stone descended on them from the face of the El Capitan monolith, the US National Park Service announced on Thursday.

The woman remains in a critical condition after being airlifted from the collapse at about 1.50 pm on Wednesday, replied a Yosemite park ranger and spokesman, Scott Gediman. The Britons’ identities has not been able to be released until their relatives had been notified, Gediman said.

The pair, received with rise gear, are believed to have been scouting out the rising of El Capitan from a trail when a expanse of granite about 40 metres by 20 metres plummeted from a height of 200 metres.

” With all the craziness, I don’t precisely know where they were going, but likelihoods are they were going up ,” Gediman suggested.” From what I understand they were buried under rock … They were crushed by precipitate rocks .”

At least 30 climbers were on the vertical wall of the 2,307 m( 7,569 ft) El Capitan when the huge piece of boulder fall on. Gediman said the rock appeared to have fallen from the favourite Waterfall route on the east buttress of El Capitan.

The two Britons are the only known fatalities despite being with a group of other climbers when the line of collapses struck, but a research is continuing.

A Canadian climber, Peter Zabrok, said he saw a piece of white-hot granite the dimensions of the an apartment house abruptly peel off the mountain face. Images demonstrated the status of women being conveyed into apache helicopters by two rescue workers.

A cloud of junk is seen in the distance on El Capitan after a major rockfall in Yosemite national park. Photograph: John P DeGrazio/ AP

The massive rockfall was among seven that happened in the same general expanse in a four-hour period on Wednesday. The common records about 80 rockfalls per year, though they are rarely fatal. This is the first death from a rockfall in the common in 18 years, according to the parks busines.

A UK Foreign Office spokesman answered:” We are in contact with the local authorities and providing assistance to both families at this very difficult time .”

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