July 26, 2011

Over the Vernal Falls

 3 Hikers Yosemitefalls

The three hikers presumed dead after climbing safety rail at Yosemite waterfall and ignoring calls to come back. 

These are the three hikers who jumped a guard rail at Yosemite National Park and were taking photographs close to a massive waterfall before being pulled away by raging water.

Hormiz David, 22, Ninos Yacoub, 27, and Ramina Badal, 21, all from California, are presumed dead after the incident at the park’s Vernal Falls. The three friends were playing and taking pictures in waters 25 feet away from the 317-foot falls despite urgings from onlookers to come back.

Their leisurely swim turned deadly as one of them slipped, fell and was dragged toward the falls.
Park spokesman Scott Gediman told the L.A. Times that the second victim tried to rescue the first, and the third victim tried to save the other two.
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A guardrail separates visitors from the water atop the falls, and signs in multiple languages warn of the danger created by slippery boulders.
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Other hikers, including several children in their group, could only watch as the rushing water swept all three students over the edge.
‘Everyone was screaming,’ witness Jake Bibee said. ‘People were praying.’

‘They were honest, righteous Christians trying to live their lives the right way,’ said friend Ninos Piro, 36. ‘They were trying to be a good influence on everyone around them. That's why you see everyone so torn up around here.’
Yesterday afternoon, hundreds of tourists climbed the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Fall after the path was reopened.  The path to the top of Vernal Falls, a three-mile trek with a 1,000-foot rise in elevation, is one of the most popular hikes in the park.

How tragic for their families and friends,  May they rest in peace.

Posted by Jill Fallon at July 26, 2011 2:47 PM | Permalink