Briton who died shielding wife from falling rocks in Yosemite National Park lauded for bravery

Andrew Foster and his wife Lucy were scouting the ascent train when the granite fell from a rock formation above them. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/CAMANDBEARUK

The family of Briton Andrew Foster, 32, who died protecting his wife when rocks fell in Yosemite National Park on Sept 27, has been lauded by his family for his bravery, reported the BBC.

His wife Mrs Lucy Foster, 28, was seriously injured and is recovering in hospital, but had escaped death as she was shielded by Mr Foster's body.

A Yosemite National Park spokesman said the rocks fell from El Capitan - a rock formation above Yosemite Valley which is the world's largest granite monolith - onto a popular hiking trail just before 2pm local time.

The pair had been found with climbing equipment. They were allegedly scouting out the ascent from the hiking trail, when the granite fell from 200m above.

According to the BBC, Mr Foster proposed to his wife in the Alps two years ago and the couple got hitched last year.

"They loved each other dearly and, while our loss is indescribable, we are so proud of our brave boy in saving Lucy," his family said. "He will always be our hero."

Meanwhile, Mrs Foster's family said her husband was "the man of her dreams".

"We take some comfort from the fact that Andy's last act of love saved Lucy's life," they said.

"Both families are supporting each other at this incredibly difficult time of loss and sadness."

Both of the couple's families said Mrs Foster was in stable condition, and the couple's climbing mates had remained at her hospital bedside.

According to the BBC, they are now focused on transporting Mr Foster's body back to Britain.

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