2017-09-21 / Front Page

One confirmed dead in rockslide at El Capitan

A rockslide at El Capitan in Yosemite National Park has killed one person and left another injured.

A rockfall of undetermined size occurred in Yosemite National Park Wednesday afternoon at about 1:55 p.m. this afternoon, according to Scott Gediman, public relations officer for the Park.

The release point appears to be near the “Waterfall Route,” a popular climbing route on the East Buttress of El Capitan. This is the area where Horsetail Fall flows in winter and spring conditions.

Yosemite National Park Rangers and Yosemite Search and Rescue are currently on scene assessing the situation. The Park helicopter is currently flying and also assessing the situation.

There is one confirmed fatality and one injured person. Park Rangers are working to transport the injured  person to receive medical care outside of the Park. 

This is the climbing season in Yosemite National Park and there are many climbers on El Capitan and other climbing routes in the park.

Yosemite National Park remains open and visitor services are not affected.

Gediman said no further information will be released until Thursday morning.

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