Yosemite Hiker's Body Found

Two companions still missing, both presumed dead
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2011 9:51 AM CDT
A hiker takes a photo from the top of Vernal Falls in Yosemite Wednesday July 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/GosiaWozniacka)

(Newser) – One of the three hikers swept over Yosemite's Vernal Fall last month has been found. Search and rescue workers and rangers recovered David Hormiz's body Saturday, about 240 feet from the base of the 317-foot waterfall, KTLA reports. The bodies of Hormiz's two companions, both also presumed dead, have not been found; some trails near the fall remain closed as the search continues.

Though this year has seen a record-breaking number of deaths at Yosemite, the same is not true of the country's other national parks, notes USA Today. The first seven months of 2011 saw 90 accidental deaths in 39 of the 393 parks. The same period of time last year saw 98 deaths in 42 parks. The annual average is 155 deaths. But some parks other than Yosemite, including the Grand Canyon and Denali, have also seen an increase in fatal accidents this year.

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