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Climbers killed in fall from El Capitan in Yosemite identified

Climbers killed in fall from El Capitan in Yosemite identified

Officials have identified two climbers who died when they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Officials reported receiving several 911 calls after the tragic accident on the Freeblast Route of the 3,000-foot granite monolith in the California national park.

"The circumstances around the fall are under investigation, and we are working to understand what happened", Richards said.

The names of the climbers were withheld for much of the day on Saturday, as authorities had not yet notified the families of the deceased climbers.

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Park rangers and search-and- rescue workers responded, but the climbers hadn't survived the fall.

Freeblast consists of the first 10 pitches, or stops, of El Capitan's Salathe Wall - one of the original technical climbing routes to the top of the sheer granite formation.

Last month, another park visitor died after falling from the Half Dome cable at Yosemite.

El Capitan at Yosemite National Park where two climbers fell to their death on Saturday, June 2, 2018.


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