Mariposa & Yosemite

May 16, 2011

Two hikers killed in separate incidents at Yosemite National Park

Two hikers at Yosemite National Park were killed in separate incidents on Friday. Kent Scott Butler, 60, of Austin, Texas, was hiking the Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Falls when he slipped on a rock slab just before noon on Friday and fell into the Merced River below. He became lodged in rocks in the fast-moving water and likely drowned, according to Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman. Butler was a professor and assistant dean of research and operations at University of Texas.

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