Officials name 2 climbers who died in Yosemite

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the death of two climbers at Yosemite National Park in California. (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

Officials have identified two climbers who died when they fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

The climbers named Saturday were 46-year-old Jason Wells of Boulder, Colorado, and 42-year-old Tim Klien of Palmdale, California.

Rangers received multiple 911 calls that two climbers had fallen while climbing the Freeblast Route.

This investigation is ongoing and no further details were immediately available.

It was the second fatal incident in Yosemite National Park in a little over a week.

Last week, a hiker fell to his death while climbing the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in rainy conditions

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Officials say two people have been killed after they fell while climbing El Capitan at Yosemite National Park.

The National Park Service says it happened around 8 a.m. Saturday while the two people were climbing the Freeblast Route.

Park rangers and search and rescue personnel responded to the scene but the climbers didn't survive the fall.

The names of the climbers were not immediately released and officials would not provide any additional information.

This is the second fatal incident in Yosemite National Park in a little over a week.

Last week, a hiker fell to his death while climbing the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in rainy conditions.

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