Yosemite Drowning Victim Hailed From Fallbrook

Andrew Adams, 10, Died After Being Swept Away By Merced River; Search Continues For Half-Brother

A boy who drowned in a river while visiting Yosemite National Park earlier this week has been identified as a Fallbrook resident.

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The Fallbrook Village News Friday reported the 10-year-old victim was identified as Andrew Adams. Andrew was with his stepmother and 6-year-old half-brother, Jacob Adams of Yorba Linda, when they were swept away by Merced River current on Wednesday.

A park visitor was able to pull the Andrew from the river about 150 yards downstream from where the family had stopped, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Andrew's stepmother was rescued and is recovering from injuries sustained when she tried to save the two boys.

On Friday, authorities continued to search the park and river for Jacob.

According to the Associated Press, Andrew, Jacob and Jacob's mother were at Yosemite as part of a church retreat. They were on a hike to see Vernal Fall when the incident occurred.

10News learned Andrew lived in Fallbrook with his biological mother and attended a Fallbrook elementary school.

Four people have drowned in the park this year.

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