As the busy summer travel season gears up, there is more tragic news coming out of Yosemite National Park.
Two climbers died on Saturday morning at the popular California national park, according to park spokeswoman and Park Ranger Jamie Richards. The call came shortly after 8:15 am local time. Park rangers and search and rescue personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene. By the time they arrived, the two climbers had already passed away. It is not known yet if the death was immediate.
According to Richards, the two climbers fell when they were on the Freeblast Route of El Capitan. The names of the victims have not been released, pending notification of relatives. The events leading up to the incident are still under investigation by authorities.
This is the second incident in as many weeks at Yosemite National Park. In May, a man hiking the infamous Half Dome trail fell to his death. He had been using the trail’s cables when a severe afternoon thunderstorm struck the area and the man slipped and fell. He had been with a hiking partner at the time, who was able to call 911 and summon rescuers. Park rangers were able to help the second hiker, but the first man’s body was not found until the next afternoon. The cables are used to take hikers up the remaining 400 feet of the Half Dome’s 5,000-foot summit. The death was the first on the cables since they launched in 2010.