The search continues in Yosemite National Park after 19-year-old Aleh Kalman was swept over a nearly 600-foot waterfall while on a hike.
The Sacramento teen was a part of an 85 person church group making the trek up to Half Dome. Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said Kalman was last seen by witnesses being forced into the fall by heavy currents. At the time of the incident, the waters were in the low 50’s.
Park rangers have reported the amount of snow melt fueling the falls has increased since Saturday. This has limited search efforts, which will resume fully when the river’s flow ceases.
“All we can do right now is pray, just hope for the best. It’s all in God’s hands right now,” said Bogdan Pishtoy, a friend of Kalman.
The hiking trail was closed at the time of Kalman’s accident, but it is now reopened.
The following is a CBS report on the tragedy: