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Body of OC Boy Swept Away in River Found in Yosemite
Officials in Yosemite announced today that the body of a 6-year-old Orange County boy was recovered Wednesday. Jacob Adams was swept into the Merced River on August 15, along with his 10-year-old brother, Andres, who was pulled from the water, but could not be resuscitated.The National Park Service says that the boy's body was found about 50 yards downstream of the Vernal Fall Footbridge, following a week of searching amidst "changing weather conditions, and treacherous terrain," as well as the fluctuating water level of the Merced.
The Adams boys had been wading in the river when they were swept away. From the Union-Democrat:
The boys and their family members were visiting the park from Southern California as part of a trip organized by their church, Calvary Chapel East Anaheim. The Adams family had been attending the Sugar Pine Christian Camp in Oakhurst when they decided to go hiking in Yosemite.
Relatives of the boys were injured in the effort to rescue the youngsters.
While it is legal to wade in the Merced, officials caution the area where the accident happened is "one of the roughest sections in the park due to large boulders and debris churning in intense rapids."
Andres, who lived in Fallbrook and would have been a fifth grader, was laid to rest Thursday morning. Jacob lived in Yorba Linda with his father.
The Adams boys are the fifth and sixth accidental deaths in Yosemite in 2012.