The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Ramina Badal, an accomplished musician from Manteca, along with 27-year-old Ninos Yacoub of Turlock and 22-year-old Hormiz David of Modesto.
All three were reportedly trying to pose for a picture when they went over the falls. One of the men and the woman crossed a metal barricade. The woman slipped, the man reached for her and fell in.
The other victim tried to help, but fell into the 317-foot waterfall as well. They went over the barricade in mid-air. The search and rescue unit closed the mist trail to Vernal Falls, but it was re-opened Wednesday afternoon.
The tragedy brings the number of people killed in water accidents in Yosemite this year to six.Stay with Action News and ABC30.com for more on this story.