Yosemite National Park officials investigate after two visitors die in fall

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Yosemite National Park officials are investigating the deaths of two people who fell from a popular overlook that allows visitors to walk to the cliff’s edge, where there is no railing.

The bodies of a man and a woman were spotted by another tourist at the park in California, spokesman Scott Gediman said.

It is still unclear when the pair fell and from what spot at Taft Point, which is 3,000ft above the famed Yosemite Valley floor, he said. They have not been identified.

Railings only exist at a small portion of the overlook, which is popular for its breathtaking views of the valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan, as well as fissures on the granite rock that plunge to the valley floor.

More than 10 people have died at the park this year, some from natural causes and others from falls, Mr Gediman said.

Yosemite National Park
A number of tourists have died at the park this year, officials said (PA)

The death of 18-year-old Tomer Frankfurter was considered an accident, the Mariposa County coroner’s office said.

Taft Point is also where world-famous wingsuit flier Dean Potter and his partner, Graham Hunt, died after leaping from the cliff in 2015. The pair, who were experienced at flying in wingsuits — the most extreme form of base jumping – crashed after trying to clear a V-shaped notch in a ridgeline.

Base jumping is illegal in the park is illegal in the park.

An investigation concluded that the deaths were accidental.

Despite video and photos of the jump, officials consider the specific reason why Mr Potter and Mr Hunt died a mystery.

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