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Father and son die in Central California hiking accident

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Father and son who died in Central California hiking accidents loved to explore

ASSOCIATED PRESS BY ASSOCIATED PRESS | November 16, 2016, 7:39AM | Updated 2 hours ago.

SHAVER LAKE — A man who plunged to his death along with his son while the two were hiking in Central California's Shaver Lake was identified Tuesday as an archaeologist who loved to explore and go on adventures with his son.

Todd Byers' body was recovered late Monday, Fresno County Sheriff's spokesman Tony Botti said.

Byers, 49, and his 14-year-old son, Brayden, were walking Saturday along a hiking trail in an area known as Shaver Rock, on the west side of the lake, when they fell off an embankment and died. Deputies and firefighters responded to the area, along with a sheriff's helicopter, but the pair had fallen into a deep canyon and rescue crews were unable to reach them. Both bodies were recovered Monday.

Todd Byers of Clovis was an archaeologist who worked in the state Department of Transportation and loved to explore. His son Brayden was a ninth-grade student at Clovis High School who was always happy to join his father on an adventure, the Fresno Bee reported.

The father and son were in the mountains, near Shaver Lake, doing what "our dad loved best - they were hiking around and looking for treasures," according to a GoFundMe account for the family.

But the hike ended in tragedy when the pair, who were at Shaver Rock on the west side of the lake, fell about 400 feet off an embankment into a deep canyon to their deaths, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said. The GoFundMe page said the pair wandered off the trail. The sheriff's office has no other details about what happened.

The Department of Transportation said Todd was passionate about his work and was a committed employee with a great sense of humor, providing his co-workers with many laughs over the years.
Source: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/63146 ... artslide=0








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Post by maverick » Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:24 pm

This is where their bodies were recovered from, approx 400 feet down from where they had fallen from. :(
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Post by Tom_H » Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:46 pm

:( Sad :(

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Post by limpingcrab » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:42 pm

Oh man, that's awful.

Is Shaver Rock that dome along the creek near the road below the dam?

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Post by rlown » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:56 pm

It is sad. I don't go near "edges" anymore. Can't balance with a view of heights. I still don't understand how two go down unless 1 was trying to rescue the other. Guess we'll never know.

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Post by maverick » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:07 pm

Is Shaver Rock that dome along the creek near the road below the dam?
I too thought this was located on the western side of the lake as the AP article mentioned, but on the 12th, received this press release, in which the Fresno Sheriff's Office says Shaver Rock is located on the northeastern side of the lake. :confused:
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Post by rlown » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:26 pm

Wow.. It's Wed now and both reports are in conflict. hmmm.

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Post by AlmostThere » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:03 pm

Well, shoot. When I was part of Fresno SAR we had trainings at Shaver Rock and were parking in a pullout downstream from the dam, on the west side of the lake. Maybe there are multiple Shaver Rocks? Also there is no hiking trail near the Shaver Rock I am familiar with.

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Post by maverick » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:26 pm

Received clarification and the Shaver Rock referenced by the Sheriff's Dept is on the western side of the lake.
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Post by Snowtrout » Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:06 pm

I was up there fishing Shaver on Sunday and yes, the rock area below/west of the dam was the area of the accident. Probably +25 cars and trucks lined both sides of the road right there when I drove past around 1 pm. Never did see or hear a helicopter though.

Sad situation.

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