A 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead, while another was reported missing, after both of them were carried away by the Merced River in Yosemite National Park on Wednesday.
A family excursion trip turned tragic when two boys were swept away by a river in the Yosemite National Park, where the family and extended family had gone for recreation. The 10-year-old boy was found a short while after he was swept away, but sadly he died after being retrieved. Meanwhile, the 6-year-old boy is still missing.
A group of people went to the Yosemite National Park for an excursion trip that day. It is not clear yet whether both the boys were brothers, but they belonged to the same group and there are chances that they might be cousins. The group comprised of families and extended family members and they were all from Southern California. The family group hiked for about a mile on the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall before stopping at a footbridge at around 3 p.m. It was at that time that the group hopped into the Merced River and the tragedy occurred.
When the boys stepped into the Merced River, a strong current passed and swept both along with it. The boy aged 10 was pulled out from the river around 150 years downstream, while the other boy could not be found. A park visitor performed CPR on the elder boy, but he did not respond. Later, park rangers arrived at the scene, but even they could not do anything to bring the boy back to life and he was pronounced dead.
The second boy, aged 6, was not found anywhere near the place from where the elder boy was retrieved and hence a search was undertaken to find him. According to the Yosemite National Park spokesman Scott Gediman, a search is underway for the 6-year-old boy between the footbridge and the trailhead, which is a distance of about eight-tenths of a mile. So far, nothing has turned up.
"That portion of the river is a very rough portion," Gediman said, according to a report by msnbc.com. "It's not uncommon for people to go down to that part of the river."
So far the boys' names have not been released. Efforts are still going on to retrieve the second boy from the Merced River.