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The recovery operation for a male and female visitor who died in an apparent fall from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park was completed on the afternoon of Thursday, October 25, 2018. The two people fell approximately 800 feet below Taft Point in an area with very steep terrain. This recovery operation involved Park Rangers using technical climbing and rappelling techniques, in addition to helicopter support from the California Highway Patrol for a short-haul operation.
This incident is under investigation and no further details are expected to be available for at least several days. No photos or videos are available. The identification of the deceased has not yet been determined.
Yosemite National Park extends its gratitude to the California Highway Patrol for their critical assistance in this recovery operation.
Editor's Note: The Yosemite National Park Public Affairs Office will not be staffed over the weekend.