Yosemite Park rangers recover bodies of 2 who fell 800 feet
SAN FRANCISCO — Yosemite National Park rangers have recovered the bodies of two people who fell 800 feet from a popular overlook, 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 for hours 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 El Capitan.