Former Cleeve School pupil died to save wife
7th March 2018
A former Cheltenham man died saving his wife from a rock fall, an inquest has heard.
32-year-old Andrew Foster, a former Cleeve School pupil, died when rocks fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California, on 27th September, as reported by the BBC.
Recording a conclusion of accidental death, coroner Caroline Saunders said he used "his own body as a shield".
His wife Lucy, 28, was seriously injured but survived.
Gloucester Coroner's Court was told Mr Foster ran into danger after the couple were caught in a rock fall at one of the park's best-known landmarks.
The inquest heard boulders "the size of vehicles" fell from the vertical rock formation which stands at more that 3,000ft (900m).
Mr Foster saw the danger and shouted for his wife to run, but when she fell, he ran towards the tumbling rocks to shield her.
The couple had been on a week-long camping trip at the park at the time of the accident.
The inquest heard Mr Foster's injuries were "unsurvivable".
Mr Foster went to Cardiff University and stayed on in the city after graduation.
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