10-Year-Old Dead, 6-Year-Old Missing After Being Swept Away in River at Yosemite National Park

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM EDT

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10-Year-Old Dead, 6-Year-Old Missing After Being Swept Away in River at Yosemite National Park

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM EDT

(National Park Service news release) A 10-year old boy was pronounced dead and a 6-year-old boy remains missing following an incident near the Vernal Fall Footbridge in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday. 

According to a news release:

A family group, from southern California, were in the Merced River near the Vernal Fall Footbridge yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. They had begun their hike at the Happy Isles Trailhead and hiked approximately one mile, where they stopped at the footbridge. The group was in the river and the two boys were swept away by the current. Approximately 150 yards downriver, the ten year old boy was pulled from the river and CPR was initiated by a park visitor. Yosemite National Park Rangers continued resuscitation efforts, which were unsuccessful, and the boy was pronounced dead. 

The park simultaneously initiated an intensive search for the six year old boy in the Merced River between the Vernal Fall Footbridge and Happy Isles. Search efforts for the boy are continuing at this time. 

Read the news release from the National Park Service HERE.