Search Continues in Yosemite For Missing Child - NBC Bay Area

Search Continues in Yosemite For Missing Child

Two brothers were swept away in the Merced River near the Vernal Falls footbridge earlier this week. .



    Two little boys were swept away in the current of the Merced River Wednesday after hiking in Yosemite. (Published Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012)

    The search for a six-year-old boy from southern Californai who was swept away by the Merced River Wednesday continued Friday.

    His older brother's lifeless body was found in the moments after both little boys somehow got into the rushing water after hiking to the Vernal Fall footbridge Wednesday afternoon.

    A park ranger said both boys got into the rapids, floated under the footbridge and then down the river before anyone could catch them.

    Their mother was hurt trying to save them. She is in the hospital recovering, according to reports.

    Raw Video: See the Exact Spot Where Boys Went In

    [BAY] Raw Video: See the Exact Spot Where Boys Went In
    Two young boys were swept away during a visit to Yosemite National Park.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012)

    The edge of the water where the children were cooling off is calm, but the water rushes by just a few feet away. All they had to do to get to the water was walk around one gate. There are no "keep away" signs in that area of the foot bridge.

    Park visitors pulled the 10-year-old from the river about 150 yards downstream, but efforts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead around 3 p.m. Wednesday. His younger brother is still missing as of Friday afternoon.

    The boys and their mother were in the area for a church retreat. The Calvary Chapel East Anaheim church group was staying at a camp about an hour outside Yosemite.

    "I hope people will pray for us, and pray for those precious little boys," Pastor Maury Evans told the Sacramento Bee.

    Below is raw video of a ranger explaining where and how the boys went in the water. 

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