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Two die in the fall from Yosemite Park Vista; six deaths in 2018




Photo: Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press

This photograph shows a couple marrying on September 27, 2018 at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, California. The lookout overlooks the Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, a popular vertical climb for climbers around the world. On Thursday, two visitors apparently fell into the death of the lookout, officials said

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This file photo shows a couple who died on September 27, 2018 in Taft Point marries in Yosemite National Park, California. The lookout overlooks the Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, a popular vertical rise

… more [19659132] Photo: Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press


Two visitors to Yosemite National Park apparently died from Taft Point, an area known for its spectacular views 3000 feet deep into the valley floor, officials said Thursday. The women had been salvaged by rangers, a park spokeswoman Jamie Richards said. The cause of the incident is investigated.


Richards said visitors had spotted the bodies on Wednesday in the steep terrain below Taft Point, but not all the way down the valley floor. Yosemite rangers climbed down on Thursday, she said, starting to recover.

"At the moment, it looks like they've fallen from Taft Point," said Richards

Taft Point, a famous, 7,500-foot-high ledge a popular day hike on Glacier Point Road. Walkers can walk 1.1 miles straight to the edge of the cliffs, enjoying dizzying views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.



The granite balustrade, which hangs over the edge like a diving board, is a popular spot for snapshots. A picture accidentally made by a professional photographer when a couple became engaged became viral last week. The photographer is said to have looked around for the couple but could not find them. “/>

Richards said that one could not know at the moment who the two dead were, whether they were climbers or tourists, how or why they fell. However, she said that there is a safety railing on the edge of the point.

"It's far too early for us to speculate on any of these issues," she said. "The investigation will probably take several weeks and all answers will come from this investigation."

Richards said there have been 10 deaths in the park this year. Six of these park visitors fell to their deaths.

In May, a 29-year-old man fell off the via ferrata on Half Dome. In June, two experienced climbers aged 45 and 42 dropped out of El Capitan. In September, an 18-year-old man from Nevada fell case.

Richards said the tragedy is "a good reminder to stay on the marked paths and stay within your physical limits."


Steve Rubenstein and Peter Fimrite are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. E-mail: srubenstein@sfchronicle.com, pfimrite@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SteveRubeSF @Ppfimrite


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