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Search Efforts Continue for Missing Boy in Yosemite National Park

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Date: August 17, 2012

 Six Year Old Jacob Adams Last Seen at Vernal Fall Footbridge

Yosemite National Park Rangers continue to search for Jacob Adams, a 6 year old boy from Orange County, California. Jacob, visiting the park with an extended family group, hiked to the Vernal Fall Footbridge on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Jacob, and his ten year old brother, were swept into the Merced River near the footbridge at 3:00 p.m. The ten year old was pulled from the river by a park visitor approximately 150 yards below the footbridge. The visitor, along with National Park Rangers, performed CPR and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. An intensive search began immediately for Jacob, and he has not been located.

Yosemite National Park Rangers are continuing the search efforts for Jacob. The search area is in and around the Merced River from the Vernal Fall Footbridge to Happy Isles. This mile long stretch of river is characterized by large boulders, chutes, small waterfalls. Although the river level is low, the current in sections of the river is deceptively swift.  

The search operation is ongoing and will continue throughout the weekend.  

The park will issue a news release when there are new developments in the search.

Did You Know?

Merced River Gorge

Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.