Israeli Teen Who Fell to His Death at Yosemite National Park Was Taking a Photo

Tomer Frankfurter of Jerusalem was near the top of Nevada Fall when he fell nearly 600 feet in September

An Israeli teenager who fell to his death last year at an iconic waterfall in California's Yosemite National Park was trying to mimic a popular social media photograph when he fell, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Tomer Frankfurter of Jerusalem died was near the top of Nevada Fall when he fell nearly 600 feet on Sept. 4 but offered few other details.

Documents provided Monday to The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show the 18-year-old Frankfurter was with a group about to hike down when he handed his phone to a woman and ask her to take his photo while hanging over the edge.

Witnesses told investigators the woman snapped photos, but soon after Frankfurter started to struggle and called for help before falling.

A month later, two people died at the park after apparently falling from Taft Point. Taft Point features a lookout spot from the edge of a cliff that offers visitors expansive views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.

On Christmas Day, a man apparently slipped down Silver Apron, a large, sloping granite area above Nevada Fall, and suffered a fatal injury.

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