2013-05-30 / Front Page

Fatalities mar Yosemite weekend

Two people died in separate incidents in Yosemite National Park last weekend. The victims, men aged 19 and 28, died in non-vehicle-related accidents.

On Sunday, June 2, at about 2 p.m., 28-year-old Felix Joseph Kiernan of London, England, was struck by a rock as he climbed on the East Buttress of El Capitan. 

The day before, on June 1, 19-year-old Aleh Kalman of Sacramento was swept over Nevada Fall while swimming in a prohibited area. According to Park officials, Kalman was attempting to swim back to shore from a rock in the Merced River when swift currents seized him and took him over the brink.

As of press time, Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) personnel were still trying to locate the swimmer’s remains.

Read more about the incidents in the June 6 issue of the MARIPOSA GAZETTE.

Yosemite Search and Rescue personnel watch a helicopter land in El Capitan Meadow on May 2. Crews were mobilized to recover the victims of a climbing accident on El Capitan and a waterfall incident at Nevada Fall. Erik Skindrud / GAZETTE PHOTOYosemite Search and Rescue personnel watch a helicopter land in El Capitan Meadow on May 2. Crews were mobilized to recover the victims of a climbing accident on El Capitan and a waterfall incident at Nevada Fall. Erik Skindrud / GAZETTE PHOTO

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wow, vistors totally need to

wow, vistors totally need to get and understand that water is so dangerous, and life threatning. It is not a joke. Praying for his family and friends.

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