Stupid Should Hurt!"
Witness watched in horror as three were swept away
An eyewitness who saw three Yosemite hikers
get swept away at Vernal Falls
said the trio was warned to get away from the
Just before the hikers fell in, Jake Bibee,
28, said he saw a man in his 40s leaning out over the waterfall, holding his
"The little girl is crying and screaming,"
Bibee said. "There's a 13- or a 14-year-old taking their picture. And everyone
at the top of the falls is pissed. I'm kind of a firey guy. I'm yelling at him
... 'Get over here!' "
The man walked back to safety, but three other
members of his group had also crossed over a safety barricade.
"They're taking pictures and being stupid,"
Bibee said. Ramina Badal, 21, of Manteca fell first. Then a man plunged in
after her. They were clinging to each other, Bibee said.
"I'm watching the two of them being swept
away," Bibee said. "I'm starting to jet for the edge. It's just instinct."
His friend Amanda Lee pulled him back and told
him not to go.
A third person also fell in. The man looked
back just as he was being swept over the edge of the falls, Bibee said.
"I knew they were not going to make it," Bibee
said. "They're going over the waterfall. When we saw the first two, then I
grabbed Amanda and held her head down so she wouldn't see. And I didn't look
either. I'd seen two people die. I didn't want to watch another."
Bibee, who grew up in Angels Camp, said he was
at Yosemite with Lee, who had never been to the national park. As they hiked up
to the falls, Bibee said, they were discussing the dangers of the raging rivers
and the force of the water from the melting snowpack.
"A lot of people from the Valley don't respect
the water," Bibee said. "But you have to respect the water."
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