Climber killed by rock fall ‘saved wife’

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Image caption Toby and Lucy Foster had been within the national park for two weeks

The climber who was killed by dropping rocks at Yosemite National Recreation area in California saved his wife’s life, his aunt has said.

Andrew Foster, 32, through Cardiff, was trapped while their wife, Lucy, 28, was significantly hurt when granite fell in the Este Capitan monolith on Wednesday .

The large “sheet” dropped from a height of 200m (656ft).

Mrs Foster offers since told family she has been only alive because her spouse saw what was happening and protected her.

Gillian Stephens, Mr Foster’s aunt, told the Times newspaper: “She said ‘Andrew saved my life. He dived along with me as soon as he could see the thing that was going to happen. He saved the life’. ”

The girl said Mr Foster’s parents, Jules and Dave, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, had travelled to America to recuperate their son’s body.

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Image caption El Capitan is one of the best-known landmarks in Yosemite

“They are absolutely devastated. I can’t inform you how upset they are, ” the girl said.

“They are usually absolutely devoted to their children. ”

Ms Stephens told the particular newspaper that her sister Jules, 57, had last week been given the particular all-clear from breast cancer.

She had taken the few to Heathrow Airport for the visit to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

“They were so dedicated to each other, ” Ms Stephens additional.

“It really was the love story. ”

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Image caption Andrew and Lucy Create got engaged during a skiing vacation

The particular El Capitan rock formation could be the world’s largest granite monolith then one of the best-known landmarks in Yosemite.

The pair, found along with climbing equipment , are thought to have been scouting out the incline from a trail when the granite linen measuring about 40m (131ft) simply by 20m (65ft) fell shortly just before 14: 00 local time (21: 00 BST) on Wednesday.

Park ranger Scott Gediman said it was a tragic scenario of “wrong place, wrong time”.

He said Mrs Foster, originally from Staffordshire plus who went to school in Marketplace Drayton in nearby Shropshire, had been treated for life-threatening injuries within an area hospital and had been informed of her husband’s death.

The couple, who resided in Cardiff, got engaged throughout a skiing holiday in the Alps within 2015 and they married the following yr.

They ran their very own blog Cam and Bear by which they described their love from the outdoors.

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Mass media caption Climber Pete Zabrok filmed the dramatic rock drops

“We are a young married couple that enjoy nothing more than getting out and getting adventures in the mountains together, inch they wrote.

“We are not extreme athletes and explain ourselves simply as passionate weekend break warriors. ”

Staff members at the Cardiff-based outdoor store Upward and Under, where Mr Promote used to work, said on their come back the couple had intended to transform a van into a motorhome so they could explore the European Alps for the next 12 months.

“Andy Foster was an moving member of the Up and Below family, ” it said within a statement.

“His interest for the outdoors, and mountains particularly, was enormous and infectious. inch

Mr Foster, exactly who studied engineering at Cardiff College, had gone onto work for clothing business Patagonia, where he was described as the “much-loved member” of the team.

Mr Foster’s death will be the first fatality from a rock along with the park in four many years, according to the parks service.

A Foreign Office spokesman mentioned: “We’re providing support and help both families following this tragic occasion and remain in contact with local authorities. inch

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