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July 22, 2011 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Search-and-rescue teams have spent days scouring the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park after three people were swept away over Vernal Fall, but it could be weeks — even months — before the victims are found, park officials said. Treacherous river conditions caused by a larger-than-normal snow pack this winter have so far limited the search to foot patrols. "There's so much water and so much churning and so much power behind that water that it would just be completely unsafe to insert park rangers and search-and-rescue divers into the water," said park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.
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June 9, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - The two sisters boarded the morning bus to the Happy Isles trail head, ice cream cones in hand. For 50 years, their tradition has been to start a day on Mist Trail with some mint chocolate chip. Before they left on this year's trip, friends told Patty Frehler, 67, and Suzanne Barovick, 66, "Don't go over the falls. " And they weren't entirely joking. On June 1, Aleh Kalman, 19, was swimming above Nevada Fall and the current carried him over the precipice.
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July 25, 2011 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
To be Assyrian is to go to church. There is little distinction between religion and culture in a people who define themselves as the earliest Christians. So when this Central California outpost of a dwindling ethnic minority lost three promising young people to powerful Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park on Tuesday, its residents went to their churches. On Wednesday, the father of 21-year-old victim Ramina Badal made his way down the aisles of St. George's Church in Ceres, though he could barely stand, leaning on those around him for every step.
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June 3, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Joseph Serna
It is “impossible” for a Sacramento man to have survived being swept over Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park over the weekend, a park spokesman said Sunday. Park rangers are continuing a limited search for Aleh Kalman, 19, who witnesses said was swimming above the 594-foot fall Saturday. He was swimming about 150 feet from the fall's precipice when the current swept him over the edge, officials said. “It's almost a 600-foot vertical drop; we do believe it's impossible to survive a fall like that,” said Scott Gedamin, a park spokesman.
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June 9, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - The two sisters boarded the morning bus to the Happy Isles trail head, ice cream cones in hand. For 50 years, their tradition has been to start a day on Mist Trail with some mint chocolate chip. Before they left on this year's trip, friends told Patty Frehler, 67, and Suzanne Barovick, 66, "Don't go over the falls. " And they weren't entirely joking. On June 1, Aleh Kalman, 19, was swimming above Nevada Fall and the current carried him over the precipice.
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July 21, 2011 | Diana Marcum and Mitchell Landsberg, Marcum is a Times special correspondent
The water at Yosemite National Park may be beautiful as it tumbles and roars out of the mountains, crystal snowmelt in a granite bed. But Jake Bibee remembers what he told his friend: "You have to respect the water. " Bibee, a 28-year-old carpenter who grew up in Angels Camp, northwest of the park, had brought Amanda Lee, a visitor from Missouri, to the top of Vernal Fall on Tuesday -- her first visit to Yosemite, but the latest of many for him. They were standing behind a metal barricade, peering at the cascade.
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October 24, 1985
A fingerprint check led to identification of Patrick Charles Allen, 26, of Capitola as the victim of a fatal fall in Yosemite National Park. Park officials said the Santa Cruz County man apparently was filling a water bottle on Sunday when he slipped into the water and plunged over 317-foot Vernal Fall. Allen had been hiking alone.
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May 8, 2013 | By Kate Mather
More details emerged about the 73-year-old hiker who fell to his death at a popular Yosemite waterfall, officials said. Kenneth Stensby's body was spotted by searchers at the base of Vernal Fall at about 6 p.m. Monday and was extricated about 1 p.m. Tuesday, park officials said in a statement. The statement said the Minnesota man, described as an avid hiker, was fatally injured when he fell from a cliff near the top of the 317-foot waterfall. His death marked the first accidental fatality at the park this year, spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.
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August 7, 2011 | Samantha Schaefer
The body of one of three hikers swept over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park has been recovered by park rangers and a search-and-rescue team, authorities said Saturday. Hormiz David's body was found about 1 p.m. Friday in the Merced River about 240 feet from the base of 317-foot-high Vernal Fall, where the 22-year-old Modesto man slipped over the edge with two friends July 19. Still missing are Ramina Badal, 21, of Manteca and Ninos Yacoub, 27, of Turlock. The trio were with a church group hiking the park's popular Mist Trail to the top of the waterfall.
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May 7, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Two more dog teams were being brought in to search Tuesday for a missing 73-year-old hiker last seen at a waterfall in Yosemite National Park where three people died two years ago. Rangers are hoping the dog teams will catch a scent of Kenneth Stensby, a Minnesota man described in a park statement as an “avid hiker.” Stensby had been staying at Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel for several days and left a note with the staff Sunday morning saying...
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June 2, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
Authorities at Yosemite National Park were searching for a 19-year-old man who was swept over the edge of Nevada Fall on Saturday afternoon. Aleh Kalman of Sacramento was witnessed swimming above the 594-foot waterfall, about 150 feet from the precipice, when a strong current swept him to the edge of the fall shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, officials said. The man, who was hiking the Mist Trail with a church group, was trying to swim to shore from a rock in the middle of the river, officials said.
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May 8, 2013 | By Kate Mather
More details emerged about the 73-year-old hiker who fell to his death at a popular Yosemite waterfall, officials said. Kenneth Stensby's body was spotted by searchers at the base of Vernal Fall at about 6 p.m. Monday and was extricated about 1 p.m. Tuesday, park officials said in a statement. The statement said the Minnesota man, described as an avid hiker, was fatally injured when he fell from a cliff near the top of the 317-foot waterfall. His death marked the first accidental fatality at the park this year, spokeswoman Kari Cobb said.
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May 7, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Two more dog teams were being brought in to search Tuesday for a missing 73-year-old hiker last seen at a waterfall in Yosemite National Park where three people died two years ago. Rangers are hoping the dog teams will catch a scent of Kenneth Stensby, a Minnesota man described in a park statement as an “avid hiker.” Stensby had been staying at Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel for several days and left a note with the staff Sunday morning saying...
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August 20, 2012 | By Karin Klein
Yosemite National Park can be a deceptive place. Things look safe that aren't, which the public was jarringly reminded of last week when the Merced River swept away two little boys who were cooling off with their mother near a footbridge some distance below Vernal Fall. A 10-year-old boy died and his 6-year-old brother is still missing. That section of the river looks relatively calm at this time of year, and the water is shallow right near the edge. But although things are generally drier this time of year, the water still surges powerfully through an area of granite boulders that can knock people out, hold them under water and damage spinal cords.
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August 18, 2012 | Nicole Santa Cruz and Rebecca Trounson
The trip to the mountains, the church's assistant pastor said, was an opportunity to "experience God's beautiful creation. " But the weeklong church outing turned tragic when two brothers -- one 10, the other 6 -- waded into the Merced River in Yosemite and were swept away. The body of the older brother, Andrew Adams, was found a short time later, and he was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts failed. The younger boy, Jacob, has not been found, but is believed to be dead also.
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August 17, 2012 | By Kate Mather and Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
A second day of searching showed no sign of the 6-year-old boy swept down the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, one of two brothers caught in a deadly current during a family hike along the park's most popular trail. The boy's 10-year-old brother was pulled from the water shortly after the two were swept away after wading in a rough area of the river, according to park rangers. Despite resuscitation efforts by another park visitor and rangers, he was pronounced dead. The brothers, who were visiting the park Wednesday with extended family members from Southern California, were about a mile into their hike when they decided to cool off in the river, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.
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March 14, 1999 | JOHN McKINNEY
Two famous falls and two popular footpaths are the highlights of a six-mile hike that many consider Yosemite National Park's most scenic. Vernal Fall is a cascade of uncommon beauty--a 317-foot Merced River spill that plunges over bold granite cliffs. Another Merced-River-fed creation, Nevada Fall, also commands attention. Mountaineers have remarked upon the 594-foot fall's resemblance to an avalanche of snow. Mist Trail is a memorably steep ascent on a stair-stepped trail.
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August 15, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
For many, the allure of Yosemite National Park isn't just its jaw-dropping vistas but the exhilaration of edging right up to a rushing river, cascading waterfall or towering granite face. Here in the glacier-carved Yosemite Valley, the most striking beauty is often found on the most dangerous precipices, and not everyone heeds the park's safety warnings. Hikers take unusual risks to get that perfect snapshot and families swim in pools that swirl just above raging falls. Invariably, some get hurt, go missing or die. Photos: Vernal Fall at Yosemite National Park This summer, the number of deaths at the park had jumped to 14 by the end of July, twice the average at that point in the year, sparking a debate about what can be done to improve safety.
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August 15, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
For many, the allure of Yosemite National Park isn't just its jaw-dropping vistas but the exhilaration of edging right up to a rushing river, cascading waterfall or towering granite face. Here in the glacier-carved Yosemite Valley, the most striking beauty is often found on the most dangerous precipices, and not everyone heeds the park's safety warnings. Hikers take unusual risks to get that perfect snapshot and families swim in pools that swirl just above raging falls. Invariably, some get hurt, go missing or die. Photos: Vernal Fall at Yosemite National Park This summer, the number of deaths at the park had jumped to 14 by the end of July, twice the average at that point in the year, sparking a debate about what can be done to improve safety.
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August 7, 2011 | Samantha Schaefer
The body of one of three hikers swept over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park has been recovered by park rangers and a search-and-rescue team, authorities said Saturday. Hormiz David's body was found about 1 p.m. Friday in the Merced River about 240 feet from the base of 317-foot-high Vernal Fall, where the 22-year-old Modesto man slipped over the edge with two friends July 19. Still missing are Ramina Badal, 21, of Manteca and Ninos Yacoub, 27, of Turlock. The trio were with a church group hiking the park's popular Mist Trail to the top of the waterfall.
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