SAN FRANCISCO – Yosemite National Park rangers have restored the bodies of two people who fell 800m from a popular overlook after working to reach them for hours, an official said Friday.
Park spokesman Jamie Richards said that Rangers had to rapple down and climb into the steep terrain of Taft Point when they worked to reach the body of a man and woman. A California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted them, she said.
Officials investigate when the couple dropped and from what place overlooked 3000 meters above the famous Yosemite Valley floor, Richards said. One tourist discovered the victims on Wednesday. They have not been identified.
The rails exist only in a small part of Taft Point, which offers outstanding views of the valley, Yosemite Falls and the high granite formation of El Capitan. Visitors can go to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite track that has not reached and has become a popular place for dramatic engagement and wedding pictures.
More than 1
0 people have died in the park this year, six of them from fall and the others for natural reasons, said park spokesman Scott Gediman. An 18-year-old Israeli man unfortunately lost hundreds of feet to his death last month while wandering near the top of the 600-foot case in Nevada.
In 2015, world-famous winger Dean Potter and partner Graham Hunt died after jumping from Taft Point in an attempt to clear a V-shaped hack in a riding line.
Activity is the most extreme form of BASE jumping, which stands for jumping off buildings, antennas, buckles (like bridges) and the earth and is illegal in the park.