Third River Fatality in Sequoia National Park

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Date: June 18, 2017
Contact: Mike Theune, 559-565-3703

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 18, 2017 – Yesterday evening rangers received a report of a twenty-six year old female that fell into Silliman Creek along the Twin Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and was subsequently swept downstream
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With record setting high temperatures forecast for the parks, remaining snow in high elevation areas is rapidly melting. Rangers want to remind visitors that rivers and water crossings are swift, cold, and dangerous.

“River crossings fluctuate with temperature and time of day,” said U.S. Park Ranger Leah Tobin. “Just because you we able to cross in the morning, does not mean the same crossing will be at the same level when you come back to it in the afternoon.”

Use extra caution when traveling in the wilderness as trails may have different conditions from last year. Be sure to have proper stream crossing techniques and always unbuckle your pack when crossing waterways. Wilderness users may experience intermittent trail delays in this area as rangers work to secure the area.

For more information and a video about water and river safety, please visit http://go.nps.gov/sekiriversafety

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About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

These two parks, which lie-side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, serve as a prime example of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 1.8 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks for the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.

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Last updated: June 18, 2017

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