Selfie turns deadly for Indian couple in the US

Photo of the couple as posted by their Engineering College on Facebook

An Indian couple living in the United States died after falling 800 feet off the edge of a steep ravine in California’s Yosemite National Park. They were apparently taking a selfie before the tragedy occurred, a media report said quoting the couple’s relative.

Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30 fell to their deaths from Taft Point in the national park in California.

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A report in Fox News cited 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 according to PTI.

He added that 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, Moorthy 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?”
News agency PTI said in an eerie coincidence, 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 Moorthy appears in two of their selfie photos that they took at the popular tourist destination, PTI said.
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, PTI reported.
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.”
“Yosemite is a wild and scenic place. If you are not paying attention to your footing, it is very easy to have a slip and fall,” the park spokesperson said.
The couple had been married since 2014 and both were software engineers. On the cover of Vishnu Viswanath’s Facebook page is a picture of the two of them smiling on the edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon, according to PTI .

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