01 October, 2017
As the tours continue around Yosemite National Park, visitor Becky Salzmann can't help to think of the Florida couple she helped comfort just a day ago.
El Capitan is one of the world's largest granite monoliths towering vertically 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) from the Yosemite Valley floor. The park said at least 30 climbers were on the formation Wednesday during the deadly rock fall.
Connor Britts and Josh Edwards are climbers spending a few weeks in the park.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We're providing support and assistance to both families following this tragic event and remain in contact with local authorities".
"It was more significant than anything I've seen before", DeGrazio said.
Officials had no immediate estimate for how much the big rock weighed but Gediman said all of the rock falls Wednesday weighed 1,300 tons (1,100 metric tons) combined. The name of the person injured in Thursday's rockfall is not yet know.More news: Altherr's grand slam lifts Phillies past Dodgers 4-3
One man was killed in the incident, a 32-year-old British tourist identified as Andrew Foster.
"I am a scientist, so I won't rule it out entirely", Stock said.
"Yosemite is just a really active, wild place".
Andrew and Lucy Foster were set to scale the famous El Capitan rock face in the USA when the adventurer was killed by 1,000 tonnes of granite.
The cracks and corners that make Yosemite granite so attractive to climbers is of course indicative of the fact that El Cap, Half Dome and the other formations are made of numerous pieces, sometimes deeply fissured.
Andrew Foster's death is the first fatality from a rockfall at the park in four years, according to park services.
On Wednesday, the smaller slide in the same area killed a British man and injured his wife.
Rockfalls aren't unusual in Yosemite Valley. The school's Students' Union said in a statement that the pair taught beginning climbers and played a key role in the club.