Climber severs thumb in El Capitan accident

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A rock climber at Yosemite is recovering after having his thumb severed when he fell during a climb on El Capitan on Monday.

A park spokeswoman says two climbers were 7,500 feet up when the lead climber fell.

Officials from Yosemite National Park released pictures of the rescue. The spokeswoman says a safety rope wrapped around the man's right thumb and severed it from his hand. The severed thumb fell onto a ledge, where the man's climbing partner caught it.

The climber was rushed to a San Francisco hospital where surgeons were able to reattach the thumb.

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