Climber Killed by Falling Rock

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A 36-year-old Briton died Sunday after being struck by falling rock while climbing in Pembroke, the British climbing site UK Climbing reports.

Jonathon Woods of Bristol, U.K., was rock climbing with his girlfriend at Pembrokeshire sea cliff of Bosherston Head when he was hit by the rock. He sustained chest injuries and died later at the hospital. Woods, known as “Woody,” was an experienced climber and well known on the UK climbing scene. An environmentalist, Woods was the son of Michael Woods, a naturalist and Chairman of the British Mammal Society.

Tim Emmett, Woods' best friend, issued a statement saying in part that “the climbing community is devastated by his loss. It was such an unfortunate accident. Our thoughts go to his family and friends.”

Woods' accident is unfortunately not the first fatal incident involving climbers and falling rocks, a scenario we looked at in our January 2008 issue.

–Michael Webster

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