Skip to comments.Chain-reaction rescue killed three at Yosemite
Posted on 07/20/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT by Responsibility2ndEdited on 07/20/2011 12:53:31 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Several people in a hiking group at Yosemite that included three who were swept away and presumed dead had climbed over a barricade and were in the water about 25 feet from the edge of a waterfall, standing, playing and taking photographs, witnesses told Yosemite rangers.
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But I'll use some restraint and just leave the obvious unspoken.
>>Vernal Falls is marked with warning signs and barricaded off with a metal-bar guardrail that takes some effort to climb over, Gediman said.<<
Res ipsa loquater... En Darwinus, Darwinactus...
Climbing over a guardrail and warning sign so you can fall to your death must at least merit an honorable mention in the Darwin Awards.
Modesto -2, Turlock -1.
Were these their real names or their DUmmie usernames?
I beg to differ.
Well, clearly the railings were too low and the signs were too few and too small. Welcome to court.
Um, the doctor said your gonna die. Moment.
I’ve hiked to this spot. There is not a guardrail extending across the whole falls nor preventing you from going in the water. The story is inaccurate.
I lived in Hawaii many years ago. While I was there 6 teenage friends went to a waterfall for a hike & a swim. There’d been lots of rain, & the fall was really strong. One person swam too close & got pulled under. One after another, the friends went in after each other. The last guy had the sense not try. Very sad...
The law of natural selection at work.
Ten people have died in the last decade by entering the water above Vernal Falls, including the Silver Apron and Emerald Pool. In fact, one person died in May 2007 after hopping from rock to rock around the falls. Strong undercurrents exist that may not be visible from the surface. Clearly, swimming above a waterfall can carry with it a great deal of risk, and it is against the park rules; nevertheless, tourists have been known to be swept over the Yosemite Valley’s waterfalls to their deaths.
As does, Hormiz David, 22, of Modesto; Ninos Yacoub, 27, of Turlock; and Ramina Badal, 21, of Modesto.
Amazing how fast a fun day can go bad. It must have been a horrible sight for the other hikers to see the three go over.
I wonder who went first?..............
One of Slim’s Rules of Survival:
Moving water will always win.
O well, their votes will live on . . .
I don’t think they meant ‘across the falls’, just above the falls upstream to warn people who care to read and heed.............
Says it all.
they dies tried to save someone else. That doesn’t make them stupid, it makes them heroes. Their deaths were more honorable than most. in my judgment.
When you hike to the falls, you climb up the right side of the cliff in the pic you posted and enter the water right there. You can fall literally fall off that cliff next to the falls if you wanted to do so.
Back when I was a good deal younger and even more stupid, I climbed over a barricade in Zion NP and managed to get injured.
Lucky enough to only dislocate my shoulder, but walking out six miles and then being driven 40 miles to hospital with dislocated shoulder was not a pleasant experience.
Darwin Award contender, I guess.
Famous Last Words:
“Should have brought the Gatlings..”
“Hold my beer and watch this..”
I already have all the prevention I need between my ears to prevent me from standing 25 feet upstream of a large water fall.
Larger guardrails and more signs would only delay, not prevent the eventual early demise of people willing to do this.
I disagree. There are no heroes in this story.
Vernal Falls, and it’s upstream companion, Nevada Falls, are utterly fearsome, especially at times of heavy runoff as I presume they are experiencing now from the unusually large Sierra snow pack of this past winter.
I’m sorry a similar fear wasn’t inspired in at least that one member of the group who’s recklessness led to his death and that of his companions.
The story doesn’t say that. It just says they climbed a guardrail to reach the water.(25 ft from the edge of the falls no less)
Here is a picture of the guardrail they are referring to:
The story is accurate.
When my family went to places with water falls my mother was especially forceful about where we could and could not go. We had enough fear of her wrath to listen let me tell you.
These guys were in their twenties...not kids... Daring and foolish for having believed they were invinceable. Three lifes snuffed out in seconds. A tragedy no doubt...but oh it could have been different.
Just to the right of the guardrail in that pic, there is no guardrail. I say it’s still not accurate. There’s no guardrail on the climb up the cliff either.
From the article....
“Vernal Falls is marked with warning signs and barricaded off with a metal-bar guardrail that takes some effort to climb over, Gediman said.”
The guardrail in that picture would take no effort at all to climb over. But regardless.... That water scares me just looking at it.
Anyone who would climb into that is just asking for it.
I’ve hiked many 14ers in tennis shoes. So what?
Now, if only the search teams don’t get injured or worse.
Even the most ‘experienced’ hikers, climbers, explorers still die on easy hikes, common sense or not. I guess common sense should tell you to stay home, but then you’ll die of a heart attack, stroke, cancer, whatever.
Maybe you two are right. Calling it a “barricade” is a reach.
At least going by the picture.
One of these days I’ll get out west and hike it myself.
Then we can laugh and laugh and laugh.
Good for you!
Life is fatal. It just tends to be shorter for the stupid.
That guardrail extends quite a ways back. One would have to clearly be on the wrong side of it to approach withing 25 ft of the falls.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
I do not wish to do so.
I’ll take your word for it.............;^)
Reminds me of the entrance to the cave at Silver Springs, FL: it’s a cavern dive that leads to a cave, and there’s a sign that says, “This is a cave in which 18 divers have died. Do not enter without proper equipment”. When I was there, the 18 was marked out in nail polish and “19” was painted next to it.
Chilling - cured me of any desire to go in.
3..2..1 before the first lawsuit is filed....wanna bet?
Holy Crap !
That first step is a doosey.
I am sorry , you would have to be a complete idiot to climb over that fence.
God rest their soul.
Rail or no rail, they were IN the water (25 ft from the edge), laughing, playing, taking photos, etc.
There is NO warning against that.