Two die in two weeks at two National Parks sites


A visitor died when he fell over Mist Falls in Kings Canyon National Park on June 20. The weekend prior, a hiker died of an apparent heart attack in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park.

On June 21, David Breuer, 47, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was with his family at Mist Falls, a cascade 4 trail miles from Road’s End in the Kings Canyon. He left the trail to approach the top of the falls, then slipped and fell into the cascade. Other visitors attempted CPR, but it was not successful. Park rangers transported the victim’s body via helicopter, and subsequently transferred it to the Fresno County Coroner’s Office.

On the evening of June 14, a 60-year-old man died while hiking a trail in the Mineral King Valley. Joe Lopez, of Bakersfield, California, was approaching 10,000 feet in elevation on the Eagle Lake Trail when he suddenly collapsed. His brother, with whom he’d been backpacking, attempted CPR but could not revive him. Park rangers recovered his body with the help of a helicopter, and transferred it to the Tulare County Coroner.

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