Brother: Indian couple died in Yosemite fall while taking selfie

Brother: Indian couple died in Yosemite fall while taking selfie

Brother: Indian couple died in Yosemite fall while taking selfie

Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and his wife Meenakshi Moorthy, who grew up in Kerala before moving to the USA for employment, died after slipping off the Taft Point, a scenic spot 3500 ft high overlooking the Yosemite Valley in California on Tuesday.

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. Moorthy wrote in the caption of a post of her sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon.

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.

Viswanath, who Cisco India said was a software engineer at the company's San Jose, California, headquarters, and Moorthy had set up their tripod near the ledge on Tuesday evening, Viswanath's brother, Jishnu Viswanath, told The Associated Press.

Park Rangers recovered their bodies last Thursday, using technical climbing, rappelling techniques and helicopter support from the California Highway Patrol to reach them.

"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???" A friend of the couple said they were on a driving trip from NY and were seeing the sights in California at the time. "She gave me the willies". He said the woman made him a little nervous because he felt she was standing too close to the edge.


Yosemite is one of the most photographed places in the world and fatal mishaps have increased with the advent of social media, Michael Ghiglieri, who co-authored a 2007 book that chronicles fatal misadventures in the park, told the Los Angeles Times. The couple left the overlook as darkness was approaching, Matteson said.

Most of the deaths took place in India where 159 selfie deaths have been reported since 2011, the study said. "She's one of those girls who wants to explore the world and discover a deeper meaning in life".

Matthew Dippel, a photographer in the United States, had taken the photograph on October 6 while hiking at sunset in the Yosemite national park in California.

Viswanath and Moorthy, both IT professionals, had been married for four years and belonged to Kannur and Kottayam districts in Kerala respectively.

Moorthy's husband Viswanath worked for Cisco and they were new to the Bay Area having relocated recently from NY.

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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