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One fatality confirmed following rockslide near El Capitan in Yosemite

A photo of the rockslide that took place on El Capitan the afternoon of Sept. 27, taken by Ryan Sheridan from above as he climbed the Waterfall route on the mountainside. The photo was posted to his Facebook page.
A photo of the rockslide that took place on El Capitan the afternoon of Sept. 27, taken by Ryan Sheridan from above as he climbed the Waterfall route on the mountainside. The photo was posted to his Facebook page. Ryan Sheridan

One person has been killed and one injured after a rockslide near El Capitan in Yosemite National Park Wednesday afternoon, park spokesperson Scott Gediman said.

The rockslide took place at 1:55 p.m. near the Waterfall climbing route, Gediman said, on the East Buttress of the mountain where Horsetail Fall flows in winter and spring. Gediman said the injured person is being transported to receive medical care outside of Yosemite.

Park rangers and members of its search and rescue team are still on scene assessing the situation, Gediman said.

Yosemite National Park remains open and visitor services aren’t affected, Gediman said. Identification of the deceased and injured weren’t immediately available, and will likely not take place until families are notified.

Ryan Sheridan was climbing with a group near where the rockslide happened, and was shortly above it as it took place. On social media, he posted that he and his team were okay, but it appeared others were injured below.

Further details were not available.

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