The view of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park (Photo/Wikimedia-Diliff CC BY-SA 3.0)
The view of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park (Photo/Wikimedia-Diliff CC BY-SA 3.0)

Israeli teen falls to death at Yosemite while taking selfie

An Israeli teen fell to his death Wednesday hiking in Yosemite National Park while taking a selfie.

Tomer Frankfurter, 18, of Jerusalem, was on a two-month trip to the United States prior to entering the Israeli army.

He is believed to have lost his balance while taking the picture, according to reports.

Israel’s Channel 10 reported that Frankfurter climbed to one of the highest cliffs in the park and stood on an unstable rock while taking the photograph.

Frankfurter’s body is on its way back to Israel for burial, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

In June, two elite climbers died scaling El Capitan, and another died in May climbing Half Dome. The park recently reopened after being closed for several weeks due to nearby wildfires.

JTA

JTA news agency