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Third body found in Yosemite waterfall tragedy

FRESNO, Calif. - Officials have identified a body found in the Merced River last week as one of three young people swept over a waterfall in Yosemite National Park.

Meanwhile, searchers have found a third body believed to be the last missing person from July's waterfall accident.

The body of 27-year-old Ninos Yacoub was found on Nov. 29, trapped under house-sized boulders that are visible now since the water flow has slowed.

On Saturday, rangers searching the same area located a body believed to be 21-year-old Ramina Badal.

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Badal, Yacoub and 22-year-old Hormiz David were swept over the 317-foot Vernal Fall after stepping into the river to pose for a photograph. They ignored signs to stay behind the barricade. Badal slipped, and her boyfriend David tried to reach in and save her but was swept away by the strong waters. Yacoub, another woman in their group of 10 who was trying to take the couple's picture, was was pushed down as well trying to save the other two.

David's body was located a month later.

Park spokesman Scott Gediman says searchers recently stepped up efforts when weather conditions turned favorable.