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Two Dead, One Injured in Busy Holiday Weekend at Yosemite

July 7, 1996

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) _ Two men died and one was injured in separate hiking accidents during the holiday weekend at Yosemite National Park.

Sam Meier, 24, of Buffalo, Wyo., and Allejandro Fernandez, 23, of Vigo, Spain, were pronounced dead Friday night, said park spokeswoman Nikyra Calcagno.

Meier was rappelling near Hidden Falls when he lowered himself 125 feet into a hole formed by boulders. He was unable to lift himself out of the hole, where officials believe he succumbed to hypothermia and drowned.

Fernandez was hiking with his brother on the Tenaya Lake trail when the two stumbled into unmarked areas of Tenaya Canyon and got stuck on a cliff Friday night.

Fernandez was scouting for a new route when he fell 130 feet and suffered fatal head injuries.

Also on Friday, Dan Oberst, 35, of Portland, Ore., suffered hip and ankle injuries after a climbing fall.

There have now been seven deaths in the park so far this year, of which four were hiking-related. Seventeen people died in the park last year.

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