Three Visitors Swept Over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park
Group of Family and Friends on Day Trip to Yosemite
Search for Missing Hikers Continues; Adequate Personnel are Available
Yosemite National Park Rangers are continuing their search efforts for the three hikers who were swept over Vernal Fall this past Tuesday. The park is being assisting by multiple county Search and Rescue Teams. The park will continue the search through the weekend, and assess the situation early next week.
Although the park sincerely appreciates the individuals and groups who have volunteered their services, there are currently adequate resources available to continue search and rescue operations. Therefore, the park will not be able to utilize any further volunteers at this point.
The search is being concentrated on the banks of the Merced River below Vernal Fall. Whitewater conditions, combined with slippery surfaces, make the search area dangerous and only highly trained search and rescue personnel are being utilized in the field at this time.
Again, the park would like to extend its appreciation to those who came forward to assist in the search and rescue operation.
Did You Know?
At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.