Deputies to Try Recovery of Thai Students From California River

FRESNO, California — Authorities will attempt to recover two bodies from a car that plunged off a cliff more than a month ago in Central California and became lodged in a dangerous river.

Officials say they believe the two dead are vacationing exchange students from Thailand.

Tony Botti of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says Friday’s recovery attempt comes as the river raging with mountain snowmelt has calmed enough to be safe.

Authorities say that on July 26 the car drove off the road and crashed 500 feet (152 meters) below into the Kings River. Investigators linked the car with the students, who never returned from their trip into the mountains.

Authorities say they will revisit the scene for a second car submerged in the river nearby and believed to hold a missing Chinese couple.

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