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Search Underway for Missing Snowboarders Near Yosemite National Park

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Date: February 5, 2008

A search is underway in and around Yosemite National Park for three snowboarders who were reported missing when they failed to meet their ride near the community of Yosemite West, close to the park's western boundary. Their planned route was reportedly from 2/10th of a mile south of the Yosemite West junction on the Wawona Road to the community of Yosemite West.

The three snowboarders were reported missing at about 4:30 pm on Monday. The search was initiated at that point, with ground searchers in the area until midnight. Tracks matching their description have been seen in the area.

As of this morning, teams of searchers from Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County Search and Rescue (SAR) have been called to aid in the search. Air resources are being used as well.

Did You Know?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.