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Man and woman die after falling from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park

Man and woman die after falling from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park
Taft Point, shown on May 18, 2015, is a popular hiking destination in Yosemite National Park. National Park Service officials said a man and a woman died after falling from the point. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

A man and woman died after falling from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, the National Park Service said Thursday.

Park rangers were in the process of recovering the bodies, Yosemite officials said in a statement.

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Park spokesperson Jaime Richards said she does not have information about what the two were doing or whether others were present when they fell.

Richards said at least 10 people had died in the Yosemite National Park so far this year, and that it is “pretty typical” for there to be 10 to 20 deaths in a year. The deaths usually are from an underlying medical condition, lack of water or falling, she said.

Yosemite National Park is typically busy this time of year. Taft Point is a popular hiking destination off the Pohono Trail, with views of Yosemite Falls. At its peak, Taft Point’s elevation is more than 7,000 feet.

It’s unclear where the two people were when they fell, officials said. The pair have not been identified, and park rangers are leading an investigation into the incident, Richards said.

3:55 p.m.: This article was updated with the number of deaths this year in Yosemite.

11 a.m.: This article was updated with comments from a park spokesperson.

This article was originally published at 10:35 a.m.

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