More than two dozen rescue workers are searching the area bellow Vernal Fall in California’s Yosemite National Park for signs of hikers who were reportedly swept over the 317-foot-high waterfall Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses reported seeing three people – a married couple and a male family member – go over the fall after climbing over a guardrail on Mist Trail.
Although multiple signs in the area warned hikers against going past the guardrail, witnesses say the couple had climbed over the rail to get a better view of the scenery and were encouraging their children to do the same. The couple then slipped and the male family member jumped over the guardrail to help. The trio was unable to regain their balance and fell over the edge.
Park officials say they have not confirmed how many people were swept over the fall. A half-mile stretch of Mist Trail has been closed for the search.
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