Search Continues for Missing Yosemite Boy Swept Away by Merced River

Saturday, August 18 2012 10:34   Yosemite
Park rangers on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, continued searching for 6-year-old Jacob Adams, who, along with his 10-year-old brother, were swept away Wednesday afternoon by the Merced River near the Vernal Falls Footbridge in Yosemite National Park.

Jacob's brother, identified by Calvary Chapel East Anaheim church (CCEA) in Orange County, Calif. as Andreas Adams, was pulled from the river by a park visitor approximately 150 yards below the footbridge.

vernal_fall1bThe visitor, along with National Park rangers, performed CPR, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. An intensive search began immediately for Jacob, and he has not been located.

According to the church's blog, the Adams family was enjoying a day at Yosemite when tragedy stuck.

"While down in Yosemite Valley, several members of the Adam's family were enjoying wading in the river," according to the church. "The two younger sons, Andreas (age 10) and Jacob (age 6) were unexpectedly caught in the river's rapids and were swept downstream. Their mother (Char) and older brother (Josh Reish) tried to rescue them from the turbulent waters but were unsuccessful. Andreas (Andy) was pulled from the river but succumbed to his injuries at the scene, while Jacob has not yet been found but is believed to have died as well."

According to the church's blog, "both Char Adams (Jacob's mother and Andy's stepmother) as well as Josh Reish (Jacob's older brother) have been hospitalized due to the injuries they suffered as they attempted to rescue the boys. Angelo Adams (Andreas' and Jacob's father) was present but not in the river at the time of the accident.

"We are asking for prayers for Jacob to be found soon so the family can have some measure of closure and focus on beginning the healing both physically and emotionally. They are trusting God in the midst of this devastating loss and tragedy and know and believe God is good," the blog continued.

A fund has been established for the Adams family at CCEA to assist them with necessary expenses. Persons wanting to donate to the fund should contact the CCEA's church office for additional information by calling (714) 695-9650.

Yosemite National Park rangers are continuing the search efforts for Jacob. The search area is in and around the Merced River from the Vernal Fall Footbridge to Happy Isles.

This mile-long stretch of river is characterized by large boulders, chutes, small waterfalls. Although the river level is low, the current in sections of the river is deceptively swift.

Last July 20, three visitors died after plunging over Vernal Fall. The bodies of Hormiz David, a 22-year-old male, of Modesto, Calif., Ninos Yacoub, a 27-year-old male, of Turlock, Calif., and Ramina Badal, a 21-year-old female, of Manteca, Calif., eventually were recovered. The three had come to the park for a day trip with a group of family and friends.

"This is a big river with lots of rocks and boulders," said Ranger Kari Cobb, a park spokesperson. "We always urge visitors to exercise caution. Most of the rivers (in the park) are fed by snow melt, and are very cold. Also, there are some very strong currents."


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