Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Three Hikers Presumed Dead in Yosemite

July 21, 2011, 12:11 pm

Three visitors are presumed dead after plunging over Vernal Fall on Tuesday afternoon. Hormiz David, 22, Ninos Yacoub, 27, and Ramina Badal, 21, all from California, came to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends. They were seen entering the water above Vernal Fall, approximately 25 feet from the precipice.

The area is signed as a dangerous area, and the group had crossed a metal guardrail placed there to keep visitors away from the dangerous, fast-moving water.

The park is still seeing the effects of a huge winter snowpack and a cool spring and summer. The Merced River, which feeds the 317-foot-high Vernal Fall, is still running at spring conditions with significant water levels, producing a swift, dangerous current.

While visiting the park it is important to remember to always follow all posted regulations and safety warnings. Hikers must be especially careful when hiking near water. In all seasons, water can be dangerous and fast moving. This season the park has seen 6 deaths in the park.