Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Couple who died at 'perfect photo' spot named as travel bloggers

Couple who died at 'perfect photo' spot named as travel bloggers

Vishnu Viswanath, 29 and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, died last week after falling from Taft Point - a popular overlook at the park that does not have a railing - and their bodies were recovered by park rangers on Thursday. Moorthy wrote on the post with a photo of her sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon.

BBC.com reports the latest deaths come just one week after a photo of the Taft Point lookout went viral, when a photographer captured a wedding proposal amidst the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The couple had apparently set up a tripod to take their selfie on the ledge.

Park visitors discovered the camera the next morning and alerted rangers, who "used high-powered binoculars to find them and used helicopters to airlift the bodies", he said.

In that photo Moothy is again at the edge of a cliff, and wrote: 'A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? "None of us is ideal and the more we accept it and share our flaws as much as our wins, we are one step closer to creating a sane social media without the scary brouhahas", they wrote. He said he saw Moorthy standing on a lower ledge closer to the edge than he and his girlfriend were standing.

When Oakland resident Sean Matteson snapped a selfie just feet from Taft Point, he had no idea it may have been moments before Moorthy and Viswanath plunged to their death. "I got the chills".

The couple were from India but were living in NY, U.S.A, when they died on October 24th.

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Together, they chronicled their adventures of travelling around the world in a blog called Holidays and HappilyEverAfters.

Moorthy, who wore a jacket emblazoned with the words "Sunset Chaser", warned her followers about the need to "have boundaries" in life.

Meenakshi said the pair were not "quit-the-job-travel-full-time" but added 'I would be lying if I say the thought has not crossed our minds ever'.

Viswanath and Moorthy, both IT professionals, had been married for four years and belonged to Kannur and Kottayam districts in Kerala respectively. The couple had recently moved from NY after Viswanath took a job as a systems engineer at Cisco, based in San Jose.

Yosemite spokeswoman Jamie Richards said in a statement that park officials were investigating the deaths and that the investigation could take several days.

After a series of selfie-related deaths in India, the country's tourism ministry asked government officials to safeguard tourists by installing signs in areas where accidents had occurred, declaring them "no-selfie zones".

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