Search Continues in Yosemite For Missing Child - NBC 7 San Diego

Search Continues in Yosemite For Missing Child

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



    Raw Video: Yosemite Ranger Talk About Current

    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.

    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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