LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Another Yosemite death 2013 is confirmed to news today, this time on El Capitan. There have been two deaths in Yosemite this 2013 in less than one week, officials tell news. Today’s confirmed victim is Felix Joseph Kiernan.
The latest Yosemite death prompts worries if 2013 could eclipse the death toll from 2011. As reported on LALATE two years ago, August 2011 saw a record number of deaths for Yosemite. Back in 2007, the most reported deaths by August were seven. But in 2011, fourteen people had died in a matter of a few months, breaking new fatality records for the park.
Last weekend, LALATE reported news of the death of Aleh Kalman. He was a 19 year old who was pulled down the Merced River and died down Nevada Fall. He had been swimming in the River when he was pulled down 594 feet to his death.
Now another death is confirmed by Yosemite officials today. The second death struck El Capitan visitor Felix Joseph Kiernan. A 28 year old tourist from London, Felix had been walking on the East Buttress of El Capitan Sunday.
Suddenly a rock measuring one foot by two feet long fell 150 feet from above and hit him. Kiernan lost his balance and fell to his death. He was 600 feet up on El Capitan at the time. His body was recovered two hours later.