2 climbers dead after fall at Yosemite National Park

Credit: Justin Sullivan

Credit: Justin Sullivan

Two rock climbers fell to their deaths Saturday while ascending the Freeblast Route on El Capitan at Yosemite National Park, officials said.

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Yosemite Park Rangers and Search and Rescue staff received multiple calls at 8:15 a.m. and responded to the incident, officials said.

Officials said the climbers were 46-year-old Jason Wells of Boulder, Colorado, and 42-year-old Tim Klien of Palmdale, California, The Associated Press reported.

This is not the first death at the park this year.

A hiker fell from the Half Dome cables during a thunderstorm May 21, according to KGO. That was the first death at the Half Dome since 2010, according to KTVU.

And in May, world-renowned climber Hans Florine had to be rescued after falling at El Capitan and breaking a leg, according to KTVU.

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