Bod­ies of 2 who fell from Yosemite over­look found

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Local -

Yosemite Na­tional Park rangers have re­cov­ered the bod­ies of two peo­ple who fell 800 feet from a pop­u­lar over­look af­ter work­ing to reach them for hours, an of­fi­cial said Fri­day.

Park spokes­woman Jamie Richards said rangers had to rap­pel down and climb the steep ter­rain in Taft Point as they worked to reach the bod­ies of a male and fe­male. A Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol he­li­copter as­sisted them, she said.

Of­fi­cials are in­ves­ti­gat­ing when the pair fell and from which spot at the over­look 3,000 feet above the famed Yosemite Val­ley floor, Richards said. A tourist spot­ted the vic­tims Wed­nes­day. They have not been iden­ti­fied.

Rail­ings only ex­ist at a small portion of Taft Point, which of­fers breath­tak­ing views of the val­ley, Yosemite Falls and tow­er­ing gran­ite for­ma­tion El Cap­i­tan. Vis­i­tors can walk to the edge of a ver­tigo-in­duc­ing gran­ite ledge that does not have a rail­ing and has be­come a pop­u­lar spot for dra­matic en­gage­ment and wed­ding pho­tos.

More than 10 peo­ple have died at the park this year, six of them from falls and the oth­ers from nat­u­ral causes, park spokesman Scott Ged­i­man said.

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