News Release

Hiker Falls from Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park

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Date: May 22, 2018

Incident occurred at 4:30 pm on Monday May 21, 2018

A hiker fell from the Half Dome cables in Yosemite National Park yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:30 pm. The male hiker was on the Half Dome cables hiking with another person during thunder storm activity. Park Rangers were notified that a hiker had slipped and fell off the Half Dome cables. Rangers arrived on the scene and provided assistance to the second hiker.

The hiker did not survive the fall and Yosemite National Park Rangers recovered his body at approximately 1:00 pm today. No further details about the incident are available at this time.

This is the first fatality on the Half Dome cables since 2011* and this is the first visitor fatality in 2018.

The identity of the deceased hiker will be released pending family notification. The cause of the incident remains under investigation. No photographs are available of the incident or the search and rescue operation.

* Corrected (previously stated 2010)

Last updated: May 22, 2018

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