Pictured: The British doctor, 28, who died in rock climbing accident in Yosemite National Park after being hit by rock dislodged by friend
Accident: British doctor Felix Kiernan has died after falling from a mountain in Yosemite National Park
A British doctor has been killed in a rock climbing accident in California.
Felix Joseph Kiernan died after he was struck by a large rock falling from approximately 150ft.
The 28-year-old from north- west London was 600ft up the popular El Capitan route in Yosemite National Park when his climbing partner dislodged the block, measuring about 1ft by 2ft, in a ‘freak accident’.
He was pronounced dead when search and rescue workers reached him at around 4pm on Sunday.
El Capitan, a 3,000ft granite rock formation
in Yosemite Valley, is one of America’s most popular climbing spots.
Mr Kiernan’s parents said he was an experienced climber and had been enjoying a six-month break before he was due to start training to be an oncologist.
His father, Patrick, 60, also a doctor, said: ‘He and his climbing partner Luke were extremely cautious.
'But it was a freak accident.’
His mother said: ‘He is going to be missed so much.
'He was handsome and so much fun. He was a beautiful man.’
Mr Kiernan is understood to have gone to secondary school at nearby Acland Burghley, along with his twin who is also a doctor.