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Search continues for 6-year-old swept away in Yosemite river

August 17, 2012 |  7:27 am

Searchers were expected to continue looking Friday for a 6-year-old Southern California boy after he and his 10-year-old brother were swept down the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, authorities said.

The 10-year-old was pulled from the water Wednesday, soon after the two were swept away while wading in the river, park officials said. The older boy was pronounced dead despite resuscitation efforts by rangers and a park visitor. The younger boy is still missing.

The boys, who were visiting the park with their extended family, were from Yorba Linda. They have been identified as Jacob Adams, 6, and his older half-brother Andrew, according to KTLA, citing neighbors. 

The brothers were about a mile into their hike when they decided to cool off in the river, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. They stopped near the Vernal Fall footbridge, the first point on the park's popular Mist Trail where visitors get a glimpse of the 317-foot waterfall that gives the crossing its name.

As the family sought relief from the heat in the shallow waters near the riverbank, the boys were suddenly swept off their feet and down the river, officials said.

Crews have focused their efforts on an area between the Vernal Fall footbridge and Happy Isles, a stretch of river laced with boulders more prominent this season because of low water levels.


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-- From Times staff writers