2 Yosemite National Park visitors die in fall from overlook

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two visitors died in a fall from a popular overlook at Yosemite National Park that allows people to walk to the cliff's edge, where there is no railing, an official said Thursday.

Park rangers were trying to recover the bodies of a female visitor and a male visitor spotted by another tourist Wednesday, spokesman Scott Gediman said. Officials are still investigating when the pair fell and from what spot at Taft Point, which is 3,000 feet above the famed Yosemite Valley floor, he said.

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 and fissures on the granite rock that plunge to the valley floor.

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA. - MAY 18: A view of Taft Point near a memorial for the late Dean Potter and Graham Hunt after their death during BASE jumping on May 18, 2015 in Yosemite National Park, California. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Taft Point Fissure, Profile Cliff, Yosemite National Park. (Photo by: Ron Reznick/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo a wedding couple are seen being photographed at Taft Point in California's Yosemite National Park. A Yosemite National Park official says two visitors have died in a fall from the popular overlook. Park rangers are trying to recover the bodies of a man and a woman Thursday, Oct.25, 2018. He didn't say when the couple fell from Taft Point, which is at an elevation of 7,500 feet. Gediman says the deaths are being investigated and offered no other information. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers,File)
Tree, view of Yosemite Valley, Taft Point, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Person On The Edge At Taft Point View Yosemite Valley Unesco World Heritage Site California United States Of America North America. (Photo by: Francesco Vaninetti/ClickAlps/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images)
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A couple gets married at Taft Point in California's Yosemite National Park on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The viewpoint overlooks Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, a popular vertical ascent for rock climbers across the globe. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015: Colin Switzer, from left, and Shawn Walters, friends of the late Dean Potter and Graham Hunt, pay their respects at a memorial placed at the top of Taft Point, where Potter and Hunt were last seen BASE jumping from before their deaths, in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on May 18, 2015. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA. - MAY 18: A view of Taft Point near a memorial for the late Dean Potter and Graham Hunt after their death during BASE jumping on May 18, 2015 in Yosemite National Park, California. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
West View from Promontory Point in Autumn, Taft Point Overlook, Yosemite Valley and El Capitan, Taft Point, Yosemite National Park. (Photo by: Ron Reznick/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)
Tree, view of Yosemite Valley, Taft Point, El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
View of sunset from Taft Point during Summer, Yosemite National Park
Boulders trapped in the Fissures at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park.
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More than 10 people have died at the park this year, some from natural causes and others from falls, Gediman said.

Last month, an Israeli teenager fell hundreds of feet to his death while hiking near the top of 600-foot-tall (180-meter-tall) Nevada Fall. 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 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 — which stands for jumping off buildings, antennas, spans (such as bridges) and Earth — 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 Potter and Hunt died a mystery.

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