Young Couple Fell To Death While Taking Selfie At Yosemite National Park

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  • A photograph of the young couple who died after falling from a cliff in Yosemite National Park

A young Indian couple, living in the US, died tragically after falling from a popular lookout at Yosemite National Park, California. They had slogged for hours to reach Taft Point, a vantage point that offers scenic view of the valley, Yosemite Falls and the lofty granite formation El Captain. It is being suspected that the accident occurred as the couple was trying to click a selfie, standing on the edge.

Only a small portion of Taft Point is guarded with railing, making it easy for visitors to walk to the edge of the cliff. Many couples gather with their photographer for their pre and post wedding photo shoots at this spot in Yosemite National Park.

The morning after the couple’s tragic fall, park visitors found a camera at the spot. They alerted the authorities at Yosemite. The incident finally came to light when park rangers discovered their bodies last week, 800 feet below Taft Point. They had to use high power binoculars to locate the corpses. Further, the bodies were airlifted using a helicopter. On Monday, officials identified the deceased as Vishnu Vishwanath, 29 and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30.They graduated in 2010 from the College of Engineering in Chengannur, Kerala.

According to Vishwanath’s brother, Jishnu Vishwanath, the couple was attempting to take a selfie at the famous view point in Yosemite.

Yosemite Fall: How Tragedy Struck The Wanderlusting Couple

Vishwanath used as a software engineer at Cisco’s San Jose headquarters. Moorthy, a self described adrenaline junkie, had been wanting to work as a full-time travel blogger. Together, they wrote another blog titled “Holidays and HappilyEverAfters”. They also chronicled their travel adventures through posts on their social media accounts. From these posts, it is evident that they were extremely fond of adrenaline-rush inducing adventures.

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Just months before her tragic demise, Moorthy had uploaded a photograph of hers wearing a Wonder Woman costume, sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon, on Instagram. In the caption, she elaborated on the perils of taking photographs at dangerous and risky locations.

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CHASING SUNSETS or CHASING LIKES ??? 😛 ... Sooo today on #socialmediabadasstribe we are talking about limits of #doitforthegram.😶Yeah sure it can be limitless but guys, we reaaaallly need to have boundaries(this is handy as life lessons too but we will revisit that later😉) 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??? ☠️ Is our life just worth one photo? ... When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south 😱 from a skyscraper, let’s remember to save that in our core memory 🧠 and not the memory dump 🛢(I am still on the Inside Out 🎬 train y'all 😬) Same applies when we get our knickers in a twist and hog a spot till we get the perfect shot🙄 I know I know, I am guilty as charged for all of this 🤦‍♀️ and if I didn’t have Mr. Two Goody Shoes, Vishnu 🤭 with me, I am not even sure if I would have written this post. ... Let us all try to be responsible digital citizens and use our “numbers” to be transparent and honest, shall we?🤗 None of us is perfect 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.💕✨ ... Still there?👀 Woohoo, a backflip is in order, or wait maybe a pizza? 🍕 What about a unicorn ice-cream 🦄 🍦 with some Disney-approved cotton candy 🍭🍬 and pixie dust infused sprinkles 🧚‍♀️ if…..IF you could tell me the one time you were effin’ proud of being candid and real AF in social media? 😎 ... PS - Not sponsored but sweatshirt is from @radearthsupply • • • #grandcanyonnps #northrim #instagramaz #visitarizona #travelarizona #shotzdelight #discovertheroad #usaroadtrip #visittheusa #outdoorsusa #exploretheusa #womenwhoexplore #iamtb #radparks #thediscoverer #gtgi #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #hikemore #radgirlslife #travelreality #dreamscape @womenwhoexplore @visit_arizona @visittheusa @shotzdelight

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It is extremely disheartening to see such a free-spirited couple meet such an abrupt end. However, this incident also throws light on the demon of selfie-deaths. Only in Yosemite, more than 10 people have died this year. While some died of natural causes, other deaths occurred due to falls.

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"Every girl goes through a photography phase." Mine seems to have lasted longer. All I want is to explore new things in life and share my experience through words and pictures. Also, filmmaker, editor and full-time waffle addict.

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