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Couple falls to their death while taking a photo at Yosemite National Park

Junie Sihlangu
Oct 30, 2018
09:58 A.M.

Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy are a young Indian couple who died after reportedly falling off an overlook at Yosemite National Park. The two were bloggers who lived in the US.

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The couple died on Thursday and was recovered the following day. A rescue team had to use a number of “rappelling techniques” and a helicopter to retrieve their bodies.

National Park Service spokesperson Jaime Richards said the bodies found at Yosemite National Park were married couple Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30.

The couple reportedly fell approximately 800 feet below Taft Point according to the National Park Service. Taft Point is “an area with very steep terrain” and is also a popular spot for photo shoots for tourists.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The areas overlook allows visitors to walk to the cliff’s edge lookout spot that offers visitors expansive views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls where there’s no railing.

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Park rangers used a number of “rappelling techniques” and a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol. The couple had created an Instagram account which has acquired over 12,000 followers.

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They also had a blog called Holidays and Happily Ever Afters. The pair shared their pictures from their travels including Italy, Holland, and Monument Valley in Arizona.

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On their blog, Moorthy revealed that her husband had “introduced me to the travel bug in the first place.” She added:

“He took me to Maldives on our first trip together, which triggered the wanderlust in us to see and experience the unexplored vistas and exciting cultures this amazing world has in store.”

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The young couple had spent some time in Europe and they went to the US where they worked remotely in New York City. Viswanath was a software engineer at Cisco.

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October 17, was their last post on Instagram. The post showed Moorthy standing on lake dock in Vermont with a valley of autumn-colored trees in the background.

The couple’s deaths are still under investigation and it is currently unclear how they fell.

In eastern China, a man referred to as Mr. Chen was found dead at the bottom of a ravine near a waterfall in Zhejiang. His body was discovered with his phone and selfie stick.

Local police speculated that he lost his footing while taking a selfie.

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