At least person or persons was airlifted from Yosemite National Park Thursday after a massive stone tumble Thursday — just one day after a slab plummeted from El Capitan, killing a British climber and disabling a second.
Thursday’s rock fall was much larger than Wednesday’s on the iconic stone organisation, Ken Yager of the Yosemite Climbing Association said. He described a large cloud of dust crowding the sky as sirens wailed.
Images from the park testified a huge plume of smoking in the wake of the rock-and-roll descend. Yager said transaction on a superhighway near the basi of El Capitan was stopped.
Fox News has learned that one person was injured and flown out of the ballpark via air ambulance to a hospital.
Thursday’s slide unfolded around 3:30 p.m. local era, according to KNTV.
A climber at Yosemite said the second slide was readily “three times the size” of the first.
Ryan Sheridan had just reached the top of El Capitan when Thursday’s slide let loose below him.
He told The Associated Press that “there was so much smoke and debris” and cloud of dust filled the entire hollow below.
He said Thursday’s rock slide happened in the same location as the one that occurred a epoch earlier.
It was on Wednesday when the first granite slab described as “the size of an apartment building” fell out of the face of El Capitan, leaving at least one climber from the UK dead and his wife injured.
Sources identifed the victim to Fox News as Andrew Foster, 32, of Wales. His bride, who remains unidentifed, is undergoing medical treatment at an province hospital.
“I checked a piece of rock, grey granite the size of an apartment building, at least 100 hoofs by 100 feet, abruptly just come peeling off the wall with no threat, ” said Canadian climber Peter Zabrok, 57, who was scaling El Capitan and was above the boulder drop said on Wednesday.
El Capitan is one of the world’s largest granite monoliths, towering 4,000 paws above Yosemite Valley.
Mountaineers from around the world travel to the common in the Sierra Nevada to scale El Capitan’s sheer face. Autumn is one of the peak seasons because the days are long and the condition is warm.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .