Climber killed after fall in Joshua Tree National Park

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Bolts drilled into the granite and used as rope anchors for rock climbers are seen from atop a boulder in the Joshua Tree National Park in the Southern California desert.
Bolts drilled into the granite and used as rope anchors for climbers are seen from atop a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park in the Southern California desert in this file photo.
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JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (KABC) -- A Southern California rock climber is dead after a fall in Joshua Tree National Park.

The accident happened at Cyclops Rock, near the northwest corner of the park.

Riverside County coroner officials say 25-year-old Samuel Boldissar of Redondo Beach was pronounced dead Tuesday. He fell about 60 feet.

Companions described Boldissar as a beginner-level rock climber.

The Desert Sun newspaper reports his gear either failed or was not properly secured.