Two climbers didn’t survive a fall while trying to scale the granite rock formation known as El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park and killed.
According to US National Park Service, the two men fell to their deaths on the route famous as Freeblast. Jason Wells, 46, of Boulder, Colorado, and 42-year-old Tim Klien of Palmdale, California were the victims.
The deaths follow the incident of a hiker who died on the Half Dome cliffs last week, the first death in the park this year.
Every year, more than 100 climbing accidents occurred in Yosemite. Almost 16 fatalities also reported in 2016. Park officials further said that the accident took place at about 08:00 local time (15:00 GMT) on Saturday.
After receiving numerous emergency calls, rescuers and rangers reached the scene. Police are investigating the incident but no further details have released.
El Capitan rises 3,000ft (914m) above the valley floor. It is the world’s largest granite monolith and likewise, one of the best-known landmarks in Yosemite.
The place considered a major challenge for the rock climbers. Last year in September, Welsh climber Andrew Foster killed in a rock fall there.
His wife Lucy also badly injured in the accident. Later she told her family that she only survived because her husband protected her from the rock fall.
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