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Tahoe City hiker dies in accidental Yosemite fall

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) – A Tahoe City hiker who worked as a hotel housekeeper at the park tumbled to his death at Yosemite Fall, the park said.

Timothy Shirk, 20, was hiking Sunday with four friends toward the top of El Capitan when he and a woman hiker got separated and stopped near the base of Upper Yosemite Fall.

Shirk, who had worked at The Ahwahnee hotel for less than a month, apparently slipped and fell 40 feet while trying to scramble down to a basin below the waterfall, said Johanna Lombard, a park spokeswoman.

The woman, who was looking at the fall at the time, didn’t see the accident happen.

“She just turned around and he was gone,” Lombard said.

Shirk was pronounced dead at the scene from head injuries by a search and rescue crew that removed his body by helicopter.

The Tahoe City man had been a student at Ventura College and Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon.

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