1 boy dead, another missing in Yosemite river

10:07 AM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park, photo courtesy Steve Mizera

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Yosemite National Park officials say one boy is dead and another is missing after they were swept away in the Merced River. 

Park officials said Thursday the two were part of a family visiting from Southern California that had been hiking near the Vernal Fall Footbridge. Group members were cooling off in the river Wednesday when a current carried the boys away. 

A 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Park visitors were able to pull the 10-year-old from the river about 150 yards downstream, but efforts to resuscitate him failed. 

Authorities are still searching for a 6-year-old boy who is missing and presumed dead. 

Park officials say the Mist Trail remains open during search and rescue operations but portions may close depending upon developments.

The Associated Press

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