The three Central Valley residents that fell into the Merced River above Vernal Falls were reportedly posing for a photograph.
The Associated Press reports that an Assyrian Prayer vigil was held at St. George’s Church in Ceres last night attended by various family and friends. The victims were described as role models that typically do not take risks. The three presumed dead are Ramina Badal, Hormiz David and Ninos Yacoub.
Witnesses say that several people urged the group members to step back from the river, since it was flowing swiftly and extremely cold. The area is signed as a dangerous area, and the group had crossed a metal guardrail placed there to keep visitors away from the dangerous fast moving water.