Brother: Couple Fell Off Cliff, Died At Yosemite While Taking Selfie

Brother: Couple Fell Off Cliff, Died At Yosemite While Taking Selfie

Brother: Couple Fell Off Cliff, Died At Yosemite While Taking Selfie

Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi "Minaxi" Moorthy, 30, had hiked to Taft Point, an overlook that features breathtaking views thanks to a steep plunge into Yosemite Valley.

BBC.com reports the latest deaths come just one week after a photo of the Taft Point lookout went viral, when a photographer captured a wedding proposal amidst the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. "This recovery operation involved Park Rangers using technical climbing and rappelling techniques, in addition to helicopter support from the California Highway Patrol for a short-haul operation", the Park said in a statement.

"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???" He said he saw Moorthy standing on a lower ledge closer to the edge than he and his girlfriend were standing. "She gave me the willies".

'The person taking the photos contacted us this morning and said that [Viswanath and Moorthy] were there after dark'. "I got the chills".

'Honestly even though they are known for taking photos, I did not see her with a camera at all, ' said Laguillo.

A view from Taft Point Overlook in Yosemite National Park.

"Diagnosed with the "curious case of interminable travel bug" and a huge believer of 'happily-ever-afters, ' we share with y'all our holiday escapades, travel hacks, tips (and quips!)", read a description of the couple's blog, Holidays & Happily Ever Afters. He said Viswanath was a "thoughtful and unbelievable guy, very talented".

The couple were from India but were living in NY, U.S.A, when they died on October 24th. "She's one of those girls who wants to explore the world and discover a deeper meaning in life".

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.

"We still don't have any clear idea exactly what happened", Jamie Richards, a spokeswoman for Yosemite National Park, told the Bay Area newspaper Mercury News.

She said Moorthy and Viswanath were both very good students who were fond of travelling and had married at a Hindu temple in Kerala in southern India four years ago.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the couple had a had recently moved from NY after Viswanath took a job as a systems engineer at Cisco Systems Inc., based in San Jose, according to a friend.

In India, after a rash of selfie-related deaths, the Tourism Ministry in April asked state government officials to safeguard tourists by installing signs in areas where accidents had occurred declaring them "no-selfie zones".

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