Teen Swept Over 594-Foot Yosemite Waterfall
Fall would be impossible to survive, rangers say
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2013 1:44 AM CDT
Updated Jun 3, 2013 3:03 AM CDT
There are around a dozen deaths in Yosemite every year.   (AP Photo/Kathy Matheson)

(Newser) – After a day and a half of searching, rescue teams in Yosemite National Park fear a notorious stretch of river has claimed yet another life. Aleh Kalman, 19, was swimming in the Merced River 150 feet upstream from Nevada Fall on Saturday afternoon when he was caught by the current and swept over the edge of the 594-foot waterfall, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Sacramento teenager was visiting the park with a church group. Authorities say the river was running a "very swift and powerful spring flow of water" when he was swept over and they believe it would have been impossible to survive the fall, CNN reports. Two brothers, ages 6 and 10, died after being swept away in the same river last year, and the year before, three members of a church group died after being swept over another Merced River waterfall. It's not illegal to swim in the river, park authorities say, but there are signs warning of the danger.

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Jun 3, 2013 8:23 PM CDT
no one caught that on a cell phone cam lord knows it would have gone viral where is the press when you need them another case of showing of fto those pretty choir girls what a real screamer
Jun 3, 2013 5:57 PM CDT
Okay... the god-believer KNEW his two brothers aged 6 and 10 already drowned in the same river last yea and whether he knew about the year before that three members of a church group also drowned at another Merced River waterfall makes no difference... Aleh Kalman was already aware of the dangers of that river. Well, shows what this phony imaginary made-in-your-head god will do for you! Same thing for millions of other people that their phony imaginary god would not help. I think Aleh Kalman has earned the Darwin Award!
Jun 3, 2013 5:24 PM CDT
I'm sorry ... it's really sad that a 19 year old took a 600 foot swan dive ... no kidding. but ... JESUS ... how STOOPid do you have to fully immerse yourself in snow melt coursing toward a sheer cliff? I hope it was fun ...