Hundreds Pray For Boys Lost In Merced River

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Hundreds of people at an Anaheim, Calif., church have prayed for the family of a 10-year-old boy who drowned after being swept away by the Merced River and whose 6-year-old brother remains missing.

The Orange County Register reports that about 400 churchgoers attended a service Saturday at Calvary Chapel remembering Andres Adams and his brother, Jacob, who was missing but presumed dead.

The two boys were swept away Wednesday in a rough stretch of the Merced River during a side trip to Yosemite Valley. The boys and their mother were on a church retreat when a hike to see Vernal Fall turned to tragedy. The mother suffered injuries trying to save them.

The mother, an adult son and the two boys had stepped into the water below the Vernal Fall Footbridge to cool off on a day when temperatures were in the 90s. Somehow the boys ended up in white water about 15 feet from the banks and were carried away.

Andres Adams died soon after he was pulled from the water, about 150 yards from where he was caught in the currents.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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