Three hikers from California are presumed dead after losing their balance in the Merced River and dropping over a 317-foot-high waterfall in Yosemite National Park. Ramina Badal, Hormiz David, and Ninos Yacoub had just finished hiking the Mist Trail, Yosemite's most popular hike, when they climbed over a guardrail and into the Merced River, about 25 feet from the top of Vernal Falls. The hikers apparently lost their footing in the river, which is flowing especially fast and high this year because of a large snowmelt. Rangers searching the banks of the Merced downstream have failed to turn up any bodies. The National Park Service says it will increase its search efforts once the Merced recedes to a safer level. Twelve people have died in Yosemite so far this year; half of those deaths were drownings.
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