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Yosemite IDs British man killed by rock fall

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In this Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017, photo provided the National Park Service, a cloud of dust is seen on El Capitan after a major rock fall in Yosemite National Park, Calif. An official says the man killed when a massive hunk of rock fell of Yosemite National Park's El Capitan monolith was a British climber. Yosemite park ranger and spokesman Scott Gediman said Thursday that the man was with a British woman who was seriously injured. (Tom Evans/National Park Service via AP)
Yosemite Rock Fall

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. —Yosemite National Park has identified the British tourist killed by a massive rock fall.

The park says 32-year-old Andrew Foster of Wales and his wife were hiking at the bottom of El Capitan when a chunk of granite about 12 stories tall broke free and plunged down.

Foster died, and his wife remains hospitalized. The park didn’t release her name.

A second rock fall from El Capitan on Thursday injured one person, who was airlifted to a hospital. There’s no word on the person’s condition.

The collapses come at the peak of climbing season for El Capitan, when people from around the world come to test their skills on its sheer walls. The park says at least 30 climbers were on the formation Wednesday during the deadly rock fall.

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