Indian couple fall 800ft to their deaths while taking selfie at US Yosemite National Park 

An Indian couple fell to their deaths from a cliff edge at Yosemite National Park while they were taking a selfie, a relative has revealed.

Park rangers found the bodies of Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30,  at the popular US tourist destination, Yosemite National Park on Thursday .

The couple, both software engineers fell 800ft below Taft Point, where visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that does not have a railing.

They had set up their tripod near the popular cliff edge in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains on Tuesday evening, according to Mr Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu Viswanath.

Park visitors discovered the camera the next morning and alerted rangers, who “used high-powered binoculars to find them and used helicopters to airlift the bodies,” he said.

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

Yosemite spokeswoman Jamie Richards said an investigation into the deaths could take several days.

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

In a post accompanying a picture of herself sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon, she wrote: “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???

“Is our life just worth one photo?”

The couple were “travel obsessed” and Ms Moorthy often wrote on a blog called “Holidays and HappilyEverAfters” – filled with photos of them in front of snowy peaks, the Eiffel Tower and tulip fields.

Vishnu Viswanath recently took up a job with Cisco making them move to New York.


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