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Tributes to 'hero' climber who saved wife in 'last act of love'

Andrew and Lucy Foster were celebrating their first wedding anniversary Credit: Family handout

The family of a climber who died shielding his wife from a mountain rockfall at Yosemite National Park in California, say he will "always be our hero" for saving her.

Andrew and Lucy Forster, from Cardiff, were celebrating their first wedding anniversary while on a walking and climbing trip when tragedy struck.

A huge slab of rock crashed down from the El Capitan peak last Wednesday killing Andrew, 32, and severely wounding 28-year-old Lucy.

Family members have said she was saved by Andrew using his body to shield her.

Andrew Foster Credit: Instagram

Describing every morning as a 'bad dream', Andrew's family have spoken for the first time since his death.

In a statement they said:

As has already been reported, Andrew died whilst shielding Lucy and, indeed, we understand another climber witnessed him running back to the rock fall to protect Lucy.

They loved each other dearly and, while our loss is indescribable, we are so proud of our brave boy in saving Lucy; he will always be our hero.

– Family statement
The major rock fall in Yosemite National Park caused a huge cloud of dust Credit: AP

Lucy's family said sales rep Andrew 'was the man of her dreams'.

We take some comfort from the fact that Andy's last act of love saved Lucy's life. Both families are supporting each other at this incredibly difficult time of loss and sadness.

– Family statement

The couple married in a yurt in August 2016 and spent months preparing for the climbing holiday to America with a series of climbs in Wales and the Peak District as well as training at an indoor climbing centre.

They flew out for the trip from Heathrow on September 11 and had spent two weeks at the National Park.

On their return from America they planned to travel around the Alps for a year "skiing, climbing and being extreme" and had bought a van for the journey.