Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Yosemite park fall kills Indian couple

Yosemite park fall kills Indian couple

Mr Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Ms 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 last Thursday.

The couple was "travel-obsessed", Moorthy wrote on a blog called "Holidays and HappilyEverAfters" filled with photos of them in front of snowy peaks, the Eiffel tower and tulip fields.

She posed at the edge of the Grand Canyon wearing a Wonder Woman costume, writing, "A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs - and skyscrapers. Is our life worth one photo?"

Yosemite spokeswoman Jamie Richards said officials were investigating the deaths, which could take several days.

The bodies of the couple, who had been married for four years, were found about 800 feet down the side of a steep cliff from Taft Point, which is located near the end of Glacier Point Road and has sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.

"I guess I took her last photo!" During their trip, Moorthy posted a photo to Instagram with her back to the camera, sitting on a ledge and gazing at a sunset.

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The report, based on findings from researchers in India who scoured worldwide media reports, said the main causes of selfie deaths were drowning, usually involving people being washed away by waves or falling from a boat, followed by people killed while posing in front of a moving train, deaths involving falls from high places or while taking pictures with unsafe animals. He added that Moorthy had set up the tripod by the ledge possibly to take a selfie.

In an eerie coincidence, Moorthy appears in the selfie of another tourist couple at Taft Point, just minutes before she plummeted to her death.

"She was very close to the edge, but it looked like she was enjoying herself", said Matteson, who lives in Oakland, California.

"There is a railing at the overlook, but there are plenty of places you can go near there without railings", she said.

The irony of that statement, and of what happened to Moorthy and her husband, is not lost on me, and it shouldn't be lost on you. But she seemed comfortable.

He said that Viswanath and Moorthy had decided six months ago that he would take the job at Cisco and they would live in California for a year or so. It was not clear how the couple fell or what they were doing when the accident occurred. "She didn't seem like she was in distress or anything". "Any time that does not happen, it is a tragic day".

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