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Indian Couple Who Died In US' Yosemite Park Fell Taking A Selfie
Posted on: 31-10-2018 , 09:16:AM | DY365 Bureau

 picture courtesy: NBC News


October 31, 2018: The Indian couple who died after falling 800 feet in an area with steep terrain in California's Yosemite National Park last week were apparently taking a selfie before the tragedy occurred, a media report said.
Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30 fell to their deaths from Taft Point in the national park in California. They were identified on Monday as the married couple from India living in the United States.

A report in Fox News cited Mr Viswanath's brother Jishnu Viswanath as saying that they were apparently taking a selfie.  The popular viewpoint in the California park does not have a railing to protect visitors from the ledge.

Park rangers recovered their bodies last Thursday after people reported seeing an unattended camera on a tripod, Vishnu Viswanath's brother said.

He added that Ms Moorthy had set up the tripod by the ledge possibly to take a selfie. Rangers had arrived at the scene Thursday and "used high-powered binoculars to find them and used helicopters to airlift the bodies."

The couple, who through their social media posts chronicled their traveling adventures, also wrote a blog called 'Holidays and HappilyEverAfters'.

Just months before her tragic death, Ms Moorthy had warned in an Instagram post the dangers of taking photographs on the edge of cliffs and atop skyscrapers.

She posted a picture of herself at the Grand Canyon, saying in the caption that "A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs. But did you know that wind gusts can be fatal? Is our life worth one photo?"

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

After reports of the couple's death emerged and their identities were revealed, Sean Matteson said that Ms Moorthy appears in two of their selfie photos that they took at the popular tourist destination.

Mr Matteson said Meenakshi Moorthy's pink-haired visage appears in the corner of two photos he snapped of himself and his girlfriend Drea Rose Laguillo. He said the woman made him a little nervous because he felt she was standing too close to the edge. But he said she appeared comfortable.

Park spokesman Jamie Richards was earlier quoted as saying that "We still do not know what caused them to fall. We're trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall."

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