'We cheated death': Yosemite climbers survive a SECOND rockfall on El Capitan a day after watching in horror as huge boulder broke loose, killing British man and injuring his wife

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A climber who watched as an apartment-building-sized boulder tore away from Yosemite's El Capitan on Wednesday, killing one and injuring another, survived a second rockslide at the National Park on Thursday.

Peter Zabrok was scaling the popular rock face with climbing partners Ryan Sheridan from Yosemite and Irishman Patrick Mcredmond when the first rockslide hit on Wednesday at 1.55pm.

Rocks - X - Piece - Granite

They narrowly avoided being hit by the falling rocks, having just climbed past the 130ft x 65ft piece of granite which tore off.

On Thursday, they were forced to continue on their path to the summit because the route to get to ground was blocked by the first day's fall.

Summit - Fall - Times - Wednesday - Again

At around 4.30pm, as they reached the 3000ft summit, another fall which he said was 'ten times as bigger' as Wednesday's occurred. Again, it happened directly beneath the three men.

Rockfall is common at the California National Park. There have been 16 deaths as a result of them since it opened in 1857. Wednesday's was the first in 18 years.

Earth - Zabrok - DailyMail - Com - Thursday

'I literally felt the earth shake,' Zabrok told DailyMail.com on Thursday as he recovered at the summit, 30 minutes after the second rockslide.

It is not yet known if anyone was injured. Wednesday's catastrophe killed a British man and severely injured his wife who remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Rockslide - Wednesday - Zabrok - Team - Piece

After the rockslide on Wednesday, Zabrok and his team set up camp next to where the first piece of granite fell from.

'We had no choice but to continue to the summit. It was impossible to retrace our route because our route was lying at the base of the wall,' he said.

Day - Attempt - Summit

As day broke, they set off on their second attempt to reach the famous summit.

At around 4.30pm, the second, larger second rock slide occurred, shaking the trail as...
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