Rock climber dies in Franconia Notch when boulder severs rope, causing 150-foot fall 

  • In this photo released by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, rescuers hoist the body of a deceased climber on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire. Benjamin Kessel, 34, of Somerville, Mass., died Sunday, Sept. 20 from a 150-foot fall while climbing on Cannon Cliff after a large boulder dislodged and severed his climbing rope. —Courtesy

By Associated Press
Published: 9/22/2020 11:02:48 AM

A Massachusetts climber died when a tumbling boulder severed his rope, causing him to fall 150 feet while climbing on Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch State Park, conservation officers said.

Several people saw the climber fall late Sunday afternoon and called for help, but the man’s body couldn’t be recovered until Monday morning. The climber was identified as Benjamin Kessel, 34 of Somerville, Massachusetts, officials said.

Kessel was climbing up the cliff when a rock the size of a refrigerator dislodged and sliced his rope, officials said. Rescuers had to be lowered down from the top of the cliff to retrieve Kessel’s body.

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