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Climber dies after fall in Franconia Notch State Park

Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 4:51 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2020 at 6:32 AM EDT
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FRANCONIA, N.H. (WCAX) - A climber has died after a rock the size of a refrigerator severed his climbing rope.

It happened Sunday evening around 4 p.m. on Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire.

Authorities say several people called 911 after seeing a climber fall. Climbers then rappelled down and found that Benjamin Kessel, 34, of Massachusetts, had died. His body was recovered Monday.

Rescuers determined the rock slid over the rope cutting it and knocking Kessel down 150 feet.

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