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Joshua Tree climber remains in critical condition after 25-foot fall

October 26, 2011 | 12:23 pm

Three days after a Japanese tourist plunged 25 feet in a rock-climbing accident, the climber remained in critical condition Wednesday, a hospital spokesperson said.  

Yosuke Komiya, 36, was climbing Cyclops Rock in Joshua Tree National Park on Sunday afternoon, when, according to a park spokesperson, his climbing partner fell from above.

That climber's safety gear failed, leading to a collision with Komiya that knocked him off the rock.

Komiya received life support in the field and was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where he remains for treatment, officials said.

He sustained severe head injuries, while the other unidentified climber was unhurt, the park spokesperson said.  


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