MADERA COUNTY (CBS SF) — A Richmond man died after he was swept over a waterfall in the Sierra National Forest south of Yosemite National Park while leading a group of campers to a swimming area on Saturday afternoon, a Madera County sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
The body of Daniel Greenlaw, 37, was found at the bottom of Camino Falls around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.READ MORE: COVID: Redwood City Latest In Bay Area To Approve $5/Hour Grocery Worker Hazard Pay
Greenlaw was a camp host at the Far Meadow Campground.
He took a group of six campers to the West Fork Chiquito Creek area to swim Saturday, Stuart said.
While showing the group how to slide down rocks to reach a swimming hole at about 2:30 p.m. that day, he went further downstream than intended.
He stood up and lost his footing, then fell into the rushing water and was swept over the 100-foot waterfall, Stuart said.READ MORE: Bicyclist Critically Hurt After Being Hit By Vehicle In Lafayette
A search party was sent out when Greenlaw and the campers did not return to camp by 11:30 p.m., Stuart said.
Around 3 a.m. Sunday, a search-and-rescue crew found the vehicle the group had taken to the swim spot. About an hour later, six campers were found, Stuart said.
The hikers were a 56-year-old Illinois woman; a 19-year-old woman; two girls ages 13 and 8; and a 44-year-old man and woman 43-year-old woman from England.
The campers had been unable to find the vehicle and had become lost in the wilderness after their group leader went over the waterfall, Stuart said.MORE NEWS: Warriors Name Brandon Schneider Team President, COO To Succeed Hall-Of-Famer Rick Welts
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