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Rock climber seriously injured at Joshua Tree National Park

Officials were investigating Tuesday how a rock climber plunged 25 feet in an accident at Joshua Tree National Park.

Yosuke Komiya, 36, who was visiting the park from Japan, plunged down the face of Cyclops Rock on Sunday afternoon, the park said in a statement. He sustained severe head injuries and was airlifted in serious condition to Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment.

A preliminary investigation by park rangers found that Komiya may have been hit by the second member of his team who fell from his lead position. That person was uninjured, officials said.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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