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Missing hikers at Yosemite presumed dead

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The search for three hikers will resume Thursday morning, but Yosemite Rangers are now treating it as a recovery effort. The three friends went into the water at Vernal Fall, and fell more than 300 feet into the Merced River.

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The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Ramina Badal, an accomplished musician from Manteca, along with 27-year-old Ninos Yacoub of Turlock and 22-year-old Hormiz David of Modesto.

All three were reportedly trying to pose for a picture when they went over the falls. One of the men and the woman crossed a metal barricade. The woman slipped, the man reached for her and fell in.

The other victim tried to help, but fell into the 317-foot waterfall as well. They went over the barricade in mid-air. The search and rescue unit closed the mist trail to Vernal Falls, but it was re-opened Wednesday afternoon.

The tragedy brings the number of people killed in water accidents in Yosemite this year to six.

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