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28-year-old man killed in tragic climbing accident in US

A 28-year-old man has died in a climbing accident in California.

Felix Kiernan was hit by a rock dislodged by his climbing partner as they scaled El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California.

Friends at his climbing club have said they're sad to lose "someone so young, with so much unfulfilled potential".

Rags Martel reports.

Man killed by rock dislodged by climbing partner in US

Felix Joseph Kiernan, 28, from London

A London man has been killed in a rock climbing accident in Yosemite National Park, California.

Felix Joseph Kiernan, 28, from London, was climbing on the East Buttress of El Capitan, a popular climbing route in Yosemite Valley, when he was struck by a rock at around 2.00pm on Sunday.

The dislodged rock is said to have fallen 150ft before hitting Mr Kiernan Credit: Elodie Saracco

Mr Kiernan was about 600 feet (180m) up the route when a loose block was dislodged by his climbing partner.

The block, estimated to be one foot (0.3m) by two feet (0.6m), fell approximately 150 feet (45m) before striking Mr Kiernan and causing fatal injuries.


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British climber killed by falling rock at Yosemite

A British man has been killed after being struck by a falling rock during a climbing expedition in Yosemite national park in the US state of California.

Felix Joesph Kiernan was climbing on the East Buttress of El Capitan, when he was struck by a rock which had fallen approximately 150 feet.

The 28-year-old was 600 feet up the climbing route when the incident occurred on Sunday.

Felix Joseph Kiernan was struck by a rock as he was climbing the popular route Credit: Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Park rangers reached Mr Kiernan, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national and we are providing consular assistance to the family."