A Romanian tourist has died after slipping on wet rocks near the Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite National Park and falling 20 feet. The tourist, Lucian Miu left the marked trail to view the falls, reports Travel + Leisure.
21-year-old Miu’s death is the third incident to have occurred near the waterfall this week. One visitor was injured while climbing up a boulder to a pool at the base of Bridalveil Fall on Monday, while the other fell near at Lower Yosemite Fall and was trapped underwater in a creek before managing to escape.
Emergency responders rescued the visitors and provided medical attention before they were taken by helicopter to ambulances waiting at El Capitan Meadow.
21-Year-Old Tourist Dies At Yosemite National Park
In a statement, park officials said that “Over the last few years at Bridalveil Fall alone, there have been 23 documented incidents in which visitors have slipped and injured themselves, 14 of which involved head injuries. Although others may be engaging in the same activity, do not perceive popularity as an endorsement for your safety. When you go into these areas, you’re not only exposing yourself to serious injury but also your rescuers.”
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“My foot caught, I started sliding and then tumbling down the rock, and then I fell over the edge…I just thought I might die” –past Bridalveil Fall patient There have been 3 significant incidents, including a fatality, at the base of waterfalls in Yosemite Valley in the past week. Two separate incidents occurred at the base of Bridalveil Fall when the subjects hiked to the viewing platform below Bridalveil Fall and scrambled up the boulder field toward the base of the waterfall, bypassing signs that advise against leaving the trail. According to witnesses in both cases, the subjects slipped off wet boulders and took 20-foot falls near the base of Bridalveil Fall. Responding to 911 calls for help, rescuers donned climbing helmets and approach shoes with sticky rubber soles, scrambled up through the dangerous terrain to the subjects, and provided advanced life support medical care. The park helicopter (H-551) extracted the subjects by short-haul and flew them to El Capitan Meadow, where they were transferred to ambulances. The third incident occurred at the base of Lower Yosemite Fall. The subject slipped off a boulder and fell into Yosemite Creek, at one point becoming trapped underwater between several rocks. The subject was able to escape and bystanders then helped the subject out of the water. Rescuers responded, provided medical care, and carried the subject out by wheeled litter to an awaiting ambulance. Hundreds of visitors scramble in the boulder fields below these waterfalls every day during summer. The boulders have been polished smooth by falling water and are extremely slippery whether dry or wet. Additionally, the height of the boulders varies considerably and the consequences of falling are often underestimated. Over the last few years at Bridalveil Fall alone, there have been 23 documented incidents in which visitors have slipped and injured themselves, 14 of which involved head injuries. Although others may be engaging in the same activity, do not perceive popularity as an endorsement for your safety. When you go into these areas, you’re not only exposing yourself to serious injury, but also your rescuers. Please keep comments respectful.