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Teen plummets to his death after trying to take selfie in Yosemite National Park

A couple takes a selfie in front of the famed Tunnel View vista in Yosemite National Park as smoke is seen from existing wildfires in the area, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Calif. .
A couple takes a selfie in front of the famed Tunnel View vista in Yosemite National Park as smoke is seen from existing wildfires in the area, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 in Calif. . AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian

An 18-year-old tourist plunged to his death last week while attempting to take a selfie atop a waterfall in California’s Yosemite National Park.

The young hiker was visiting from Jerusalem on a two-month trip to the U.S. when he plunged off the park’s popular Nevada Fall, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

In this March 28, 2016 file photo provided by the National Park Service, water flows over the Nevada Fall near Liberty Cap as seen from the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park, Calif.
In this March 28, 2016 file photo provided by the National Park Service, water flows over the Nevada Fall near Liberty Cap as seen from the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park, Calif. National Park Service via AP

The Mariposa County coroner’s office identified the hiker as Tomer Frankfurter after his body was found on Sept. 5.

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Speaking with the Times of Israel, Frankfurter’s mother said authorities informed her that her son had slipped while attempting to take a selfie and fell some 250 metres to his death.

It’s been a deadly year for Yosemite National Park visitors.

In this July 15, 2014 photo, hikers gather in the foreground as climbers use the assistance of cables to scale Half Dome in Yosemite National Park National Park in California.
In this July 15, 2014 photo, hikers gather in the foreground as climbers use the assistance of cables to scale Half Dome in Yosemite National Park National Park in California. AP Photo/Brian Melley

In May, a hiker died after slipping from cables mounted on the Half Dome, which rises 2,500 metres above Yosemite Valley. Two metal cables are attached to the rock face that allow for hikers to climb the final 120 metres without mountain climbing gear.

In June, two experienced climbers were killed after they slipped from El Capitan’s rock face, which rises over 900 metres about the valley.

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In B.C., three popular Instagrammers and vloggers died in July after plummeting from Shannon Falls, a popular tourist destination south of Squamish. Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper fell some 30 metres into a pool, about halfway down the 335-metre falls.

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