Two plunge to death in Yosemite.

‘What hap­pened in this par­tic­u­lar in­stance we don’t know yet’

The Mercury News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Rogers progers@ba­yare­anews­

Amale and fe­male vis­i­tor to Yosemite Na­tional Park were found dead Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter an ap­par­ent fall from Taft Point.

Rangers worked through the day Thurs­day try­ing to re­cover the bod­ies, which were ly­ing par­tially down the side of a steep cliff. Of­fi­cials said they have not yet de­ter­mined the iden­ti­ties of the cou­ple or how they might have fallen.

“This is an on­go­ing re­cov­ery. It is tragic,” said Jamie Richards, a spokes­woman for Yosemite Na­tional Park. “Yosemite is an in­her­ently wild place. Tragic falls do hap­pen some­times. What hap­pened in this par­tic­u­lar in­stance we don’t know yet.”

Taft Point has been one of Yosemite’s iconic tourist spots for more than 100 years. Lo­cated near the end of Glacier Point Road, the over­look has sweep­ing views to the north of Yosemite Val­ley, Yosemite Falls and El

The rail­ing is in­tact. Asked whether the cou­ple may have fallen while tak­ing a pho­to­graph or hik­ing on the edge of the cliffs, or whether they jumped on pur­pose — Jamie Richards, spokes­woman for Yosemite Na­tional Park

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