Climber severs thumb in El Capitan accident
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- 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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