For the second time in two days, in the same stretch of river, a young girl has drowned at Sequoia National Park. This time the victim was a 14-year-old from Exeter, California. She had been swimming in the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River near Hospital Rock on Sunday evening when she vanished beneath the water.
According to park officials, rangers were notified at 8 p.m. of the missing girl. While rangers searched into the night, using large spotlights to illuminate the river, the girl's body wasn't spotted until just after noon Monday in a pool about 500 yards downstream from where she was last seen.
The drowning came just a day after a 13-year-old Tulare, California, girl drowned in the same area when currents swept her through a rapid and trapped her beneath a large boulder.