At Yosemite's Taft Point, Tragedy Follows Joy as Couple Falls to Death

Indian couple dies after falling 800 feet in California's Yosemite National Park

Taft Point Yosemite National Park

Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, plummeted 800 feet to their deaths from Taft Point, a popular tourist spot that offers spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley and the Yosemite Falls.

It was an image taken at 5:11pm that clearly shows the pink-haired Moorthy, 30, in the background of their photo at Taft Point.

In March, Moorthy posted a photo of herself on Instagram, sitting on a cliff at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in a shirt that said "Sunset Chaser".

"Is our life worth just one photo?" she wrote.

The funeral will take place in the USA since the bodies were not in a condition to be flown back to India, Jishnu Viswanath said. Their bodies were recovered a day later by rangers, who worked for hours to reach them with assistance from a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

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"A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers", reads the photo's caption, "but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL???"

Park spokesman Jamie Richards was quoted as saying in the report that "We still do not know what caused them to fall". The college said Viswanath and Moorthy belonged to the BTech 2006-10 Computer Science and Engineering batch. "She gave me the willies".

'Honestly even though they are known for taking photos, I did not see her with a camera at all, ' said Laguillo. He said the woman made him a little nervous because he felt she was standing too close to the edge. "I got the chills".

The National Park Service said the incident is under investigation.

They prominently documented their experiences throughout the states and several other countries on Instagram ― earning more than 14,000 followers ― as well as in a blog titled "Holidays and HappilyEverAfters".

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The couple's funerals will take place in the U.S. because their bodies are not in a condition to be flown back to India, Mr Viswanath added.

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'.

Ms Moorthy, who had dreams of pursuing a career as a travel blogger, had previously written about such "daredevilry" selfie attempts on Instagram.

The couple graduated in 2010 from the College of Engineering, Chengannur, in Alapuzha district of Kerala state, one of their professors, Dr. Nisha Kuruvilla, told AP.

She said Moorthy and Viswanath were both good students who were fond of traveling and had married at a Hindu temple in Kerala in southern India four years ago. They had just shifted to California from NY after Vishnu took a job at Cisco.

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