MODESTO, Calif. -- Flow in the Merced River has slowed considerably over the last several days, but continuing searches still haven't found any sign of two hikers who went over Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park in July.
Ramina Badal, 21, of Manteca and Ninos Yacoub, 27, of Turlock were on a day trip with friends July 19 when they fell into the river and were swept over 317-foot Vernal Fall.
Hormiz "Nenos" David, 22, of Modesto also fell in. Searchers recovered his body Aug. 5.
Yosemite National Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said Wednesday that the flow had dropped to about 300 cubic feet per second. That's down from about 1,600 cfs earlier this year, but not close to the 60 cfs the flow must reach before it's safe for divers to go into the water.
"It's continuing to get lower every day," Cobb said. "But for divers to go in it has to be at 60 cfs."
She said that probably wouldn't happen until at least mid-September. Crews again searched Tuesday, and are closing the popular Mist Trail Thursday mornings for ongoing efforts.
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