19-Year-Old Swept Over Waterfall in Yosemite

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — A limited search was expected to continue on Monday for a 19-year-old who was swept over a 600-foot waterfall in Yosemite National Park.

It was impossible that Aleh Kalman, of Sacramento, survived the fall, park officials said on Sunday.

yosemite-waterfallIt happened around 3 p.m. on Saturday as Kalman was swimming above the Nevada Fall, according to witnesses.

He was about 150 feet from the edge when he was caught up in the swift current of the Merced River, officials said.

Kalhman was hiking the Mist Trail with a church group and was apparently trying to swim to shore from a rock in the middle of the river.

Park rangers spend the weekend looking for Kalman, combing the banks of the river below the fall, but they found nothing.

Swimming in the area is not illegal, but the river is marked with signs warning of the dangers.

The majority of search-and-rescue calls at Yosemite come from along the popular Mist Trail, park officials said.

The park averages about 12 to 15 deaths each year, according to officials.

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