August 27, 2014
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Climbing partners are mourning the death of a 28-year-old from London who was hit by a rock on El Capitan, a signature attraction in Yosemite National Park.
The National Park Service said Monday that Felix Joseph Kiernan was climbing on the East Buttress of the granite monolith about 600 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor when a rock dislodged and struck him Sunday afternoon.
Officials estimate the block of granite fell about 150 feet before striking Kiernan.
Witnesses climbing just below Kiernan and his partner saw the accident and called for help. Yosemite search and rescue teams reached the victim about two hours later.
It was the second reported major incident in the park over the weekend. Crews had been searching for a 19-year-old Sacramento man who was swept over a waterfall on Saturday.
The search is on hold until water levels subside.
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