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2 die after falling from overlook in Yosemite National Park

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on 2 falling to death from overlook in Yosemite National Park (all times local):

12:25 p.m.
A Yosemite National Park official says a visitor reported Wednesday that two people had fallen to their deaths from a popular overlook.

Spokesman Scott Gediman says the park is still investigating when the man and woman fell and from what spot at Taft Point, which is at an elevation of 7,500 feet.

He says railings only exist at some parts of the overlook.

Taft Point offers breathtaking views of the valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan and has fissures on the granite rock that drop to the valley floor. Visitors can walk to the cliff’s edge, where there is no railing.

Gediman says more than 10 people have died this year in Yosemite, some from natural causes and others from falls.
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10:50 a.m.
A Yosemite National Park official says two visitors have died in a fall from a popular overlook.

Park spokesman Scott Gediman says park rangers are trying to recover the bodies of a man and a woman Thursday. He didn’t say when the couple fell from Taft Point, which is at an elevation of 7,500 feet.

Gediman says the deaths are being investigated and offered no other information.

Last month, an Israeli teenager visiting the park fell hundreds of feet to his death while hiking near the top of 600-foot-tall Nevada Fall. The Mariposa County coroner’s office said 18-year-old Tomer Frankfurter’s death was considered an accident.

Associated Press

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