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Prayer vigil in Anaheim tonight for family of Yosemite victims

A prayer vigil will be held Saturday night at an Anaheim church for the family of two young boys swept away in a river this week in Yosemite National Park.

The body of 10-year-old Andres Adams, was found about 150 yards downstream from the Vernal Fall footbridge a short time after Wednesday's accident. A search continues for his 6-year-old brother, Jacob.

The vigil for the Adams family will be held at 6 p.m. at Calvary Chapel East Anaheim, 6505 E. La Palma Ave., the church said in a statement on its website. The Yorba Linda family attends the church and were on a weeklong church outing to a Christian camp near Yosemite when the tragedy occurred.

Park officials have said that Andres, known as "Andy," and Jacob were hiking with their family along the Merced River when the group decided to cool off in the water near the Vernal Fall bridge. But the boys were overpowered by the turbulent water and swept away.

The boys' mother, Char Adams, and an older brother tried to rescue the children, but failed, suffering injuries in the process and being hospitalized.

Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said Saturday that the search was continuing but may be slowed by weather. "We had a significant amount of rain overnight, so the water levels will be up, which hampers our ability to look under rocks and into caves," he said. "But our plan is to continue our efforts each day, until we find him."

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Photo: A May 2009 photo of Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. The Vernal Fall footbridge offers one of the first vantage points of the waterfall along the park's popular Mist Trail. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

 
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