Man Dies After Yosemite Waterfall Plunge

Second fatality of season

Adam Roy

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A 19-year-old California man is missing and presumed dead after tumbling over a 594-foot waterfall in Yosemite, park officials say. Aleh Kalman of Sacremento was swimming in the Merced river about 150 feet upstream from the falls when he was caught in a current and swept over the edge. While rescuers have yet to find his body, park spokesperson Kari Cobb said that the chances Kalman survived are slim.

Kalman is the second person killed in a tumble from a Yosemite waterfall this year. In May, 73-year-old Kenneth Stensby’s body was found at the bottom of the 317-foot-high Vernal Fall.

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