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Two vista in fall from Yosemite Park; six fatalities in 2018

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This file photo shows a couple getting married at Taft Point in California’s Yosemite National Park on Sept. 27, 2018. The viewpoint overlooks Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, a popular vertical ascent for rock climbers across the globe. On Thursday, two visitors apparently fell to their deaths from the lookout, officials said.

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This file photo shows a couple getting married at Taft Point in California’s Yosemite National Park on Sept. 27, 2018. The viewpoint overlooks Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, a popular vertical ascent

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Photo: Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press

Two visitors to Yosemite National Park apparently fell to their deaths from Taft Point, an area known for its spectacular views 3,000 feet down to the valley floor, officials said Thursday.

The bodies of an unidentified man and woman were being recovered by rangers, said Jamie Richards, a park spokeswoman. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Richards said visitors spotted the two bodies Wednesday on the steep terrain below Taft Point, but not all the way down on the valley floor. Yosemite Rangers Climbed Down To Them Thursday, she said, and began the recovery effort.

“Right now it looks like they fell from Taft Point,” Richards said

Taft Point, a famous 7,500-foot elevation promontory, is a popular day hike destination off glacier point road. Hikers can walk 1.1 miles directly to the cliff’s edge and take in dizzying views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.

The granite ledge hanging over the edge like a diving board is a favorite place for snapshots. Een foto genomen inadvertently door een professionele fotograaf of een paar die zich verloving bij het punt ging viral vorige week. The photographer reportedly looked for the couple, but could not find them.

Richards said there was no way of knowing right now who the two dead people are, whether they were climbers or tourists, how or why they fell. She said, however, that there is a safety railing at the edge of the point.

“It is way too early for us to speculate on any of those questions,” she said. “The investigation is likely to take several weeks and any answers will come out of that investigation. “

Richards said there had been 10 fatalities in the park this year. Six of those park visitors have fallen to their deaths.

In May, a 29-year-old man fell from the climbing cables on Half Dome. In June, two veteran rock climbers, ages 45 and 42, fell from El Capitan. In September, an 18-year-old man fell from Nevada Fall.

Richards said the tragedy is “a good reminder to stay on the designated trails and stay within your physical limits.”

Steve Rubenstein and Peter Fimrite are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: [email protected], [email protected] Twitter: @SteveRubeSF @pfimrite

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