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Search continues for missing Yosemite hikers

July 20, 2011 |  9:16 am

Yosemite's Vernal Falls, where hikers were swept away
Rangers continued to search Wednesday morning for hikers who were swept over a popular Yosemite National Park waterfall.

Park officials received several calls about 1 p.m. Tuesday that at least one hiker had been swept over Vernal Falls near Curry Village in Yosemite Valley.

Kari Cobb, a park spokeswoman, confirmed Wednesday morning that teams began searching at first light and were looking for more than one person.

Photos: Yosemite, its falls and more

The trail leading up to Vernal Falls, Mist Trail, was closed Tuesday while search efforts were underway  and would remain closed until at least noon Wednesday, a park bulletin said.

A larger-than-normal snowpack last winter has resulted in strong runoff in the waters of Yosemite and Central California this year, making the area’s rivers and streams particularly dangerous.


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Photo: A May 2009 photo of Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times