SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A 26-year-old woman fell into a creek and was swept downstream in the third river death in Sequoia National Park this year.
Park rangers said the woman fell into the creek along the park’s Twin Lakes Trail late Saturday.
Record snowfall from the winter is melting rapidly as a heatwave sweeps across the Southwest, causing rivers to swell with dangerously swift and cold mountain runoff.
In California, there have been at least 11 drownings since the snowpack started melting in May.
Park Ranger Leah Tobin says river crossings fluctuate with temperature and time of day, adding “just because you we able to cross in the morning, does not mean the same crossing will be at the same level when you come back to it in the afternoon.”