Search still on for hikers who went missing in Vernal Falls

July 20th, 2011 - 11:50 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Yosemite, July 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Rangers are still searching for the three unfortunate hikers who went missing in the Vernal Falls. Numerous search parties are combing the area for clues and they are concentrating their efforts towards the east of the Yosemite village, more specifically in the region where the water collects from the Vernal Falls.

The unfortunate accident happened around 1pm on Tuesday. The hikers were part of a group of 10 people who had come out to the falls to have fun, but their plans turned awry.

“I saw the man’s eyes when he went over the falls. That was devastating,” according to accident witness Jacob Bibee. He also added that “There was a man with a child in one arm on the edge of the waterfall taking pictures. They’re not the ones that fell over, it was their family members that were also being irresponsible and got the brunt of it.”

The accident happened when one of the hikers fell into the water. His companions tried to help him and in doing so, two more people fell into the gushing waters. As the current of the water was pretty fast, so the witnesses to the tragedy weren’t able to do much to rescue the victims.

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