A teenager from Israel who was visiting Yosemite National Park died on Wednesday after trying to take a selfie next to Nevada Fall.
18-year-old Tomer Frankfurter apparently lost his balance while trying to take a photo of himself next to the large waterfalls and subsequently fell 820-feet to his death. This is the six death in the park in the past five months.
It’s common for Israel youngsters to take long trips abroad before entering military service. Frankfurter was on a two-month trip to the United States and was set to enter 2-3 years of military service upon his return. The ministry is coordinating the transfer of his body back to Israel for burial.
Nevada Fall is about a 5-6 hour hike from Yosemite Valley, often along the route toward the famed Half Dome hike.
The young man’s death is a reminder of the dangers of getting too close to the large waterfalls in our area. A U.C. Berkeley student recently fell to his death trying to snap a photo close to Toketee Falls in Southern Oregon. Sometimes, the photo is not worth the risk.