Search Continues in Yosemite For Missing Child

Two brothers were swept away in the Merced River near the Vernal Falls footbridge earlier this week. .

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    Two little boys were swept away in the current of the Merced River Wednesday after hiking in Yosemite. (Published Thursday, Aug 16, 2012)

    The search for a 6-year-old boy who was swept away by the Merced River Wednesday continued Friday.

    His older brother's lifeless body was found in the moments after both little boys somehow got into the rushing water after hiking to the Vernal Fall footbridge Wednesday afternoon.

    Raw Video: See the Exact Spot Where Boys Went In

    [BAY] Raw Video: See the Exact Spot Where Boys Went In
    Two young boys were swept away during a visit to Yosemite National Park. (Published Thursday, Aug 16, 2012)

    A park ranger said both boys got into the rapids, floated under the footbridge and then down the river before anyone could catch them.

    The boys and their mother were on a church retreat. The group was visiting Yosemite from Southern California.

    The mother sustained injuries trying to save them.

    The edge of the water where the group of cooling off after hiking to the base of the falls, but the water rushes by just a few feet away.

    All the group had to do to get to the water was walk around one gate. There are no keep away signs in that area of the foot bridge.

    Park visitors pulled the 10-year-old from the river about 150 yards downstream, but efforts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

    Below is raw video of a ranger explaining where and how the boys went in the water. 

     

     

     

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