An Indian couple who died after falling from a Yosemite National Park overlook last week were reportedly trying to take a selfie when they lost their balance.
The pair, identified as 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy, fell about 800 feet from the popular attraction located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, according to the National Park Service.
Their bodies were recovered by park rangers below Taft Point on Thursday. The overlook, which has a granite ledge that doesn’t have a railing, apparently lets visitors walk on its edge.
According to Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu Viswanath, Moorthy dreamt of becoming a full-time travel blogger, reports the Mercury News.
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As the thrill-seeking “Travel Creatives,” the pair showcased images of their travels in their Instagram account called “holidaysandhappilyeverafters.” The pair has visited the beaches of the Maldives and Italy’s Florence Cathedral, among many other exciting destinations. The couple celebrated their anniversaries in style, with a hot-air balloon ride in 2016 and skydiving last year.
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SWIPE RIGHT TO SEE SOME EPICNESS 🤘 FROM #WOMENSMARCHONNYC … You know when I said I have a thing for badass 👊Wonder(ful) Women? Yesterday, I decided to be one myself and participated in the #WomensMarch here. I went alone and was on the verge of a meltdown 😶 for the first few minutes since everyone had their own squad and a tad reserved to accept this pink haired girlie 💕👩 but then I met my SISTERHOOD and I came back with a fiery tribe 🔥to dance with and mad memories to die for ✨ … It is ironical like @gloriasteinem said, the moment a woman chooses to behave like a full-human-being, she gets into a hell lotta troubles,😏and from yesterday my sisterhood and I, we have been subjected to a lot of “trolls” and controversies from people who couldn’t care less about all this.🙄Let me help you here.🤗 〰️ WHY are we doing this and WHO are we doing this for⁉️ … 🔻We want the society to RESPECT OUR CHOICES. Treat us like a FULL HUMAN BEING. We love being a Mother/Wife/Chef but we do not want it to be FORCED on us. 〰️ 🔻Many women are labeled and objectified and not treated as INDIVIDUALS.We want to end that. 〰️ 🔻As much as we love our near and dear ones and would even die for them, we do NOT exist solely for EVERYBODY ELSE’S PURPOSE. 〰️ 🔻Like many trailblazing visionaries and virtuosos did before us and still doing, if THEY had not marched for us, we would probably still forced to be with shaven heads and slaving for someone else. 〰️ 🔻So it all boils down to #pinkpositivelight “RESPECT MY EXISTENCE OR EXPECT MY RESISTANCE” (@royabab 😍) 〰️〰️〰️ 🔴 Also, Feminism is NOT equal ❌ to Men-Hating. If anything we love and respect the men(those who return the feelings i.e.) in our life and again like Gloria said, “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” … Please feel free to agree/disagree with these ideologies in comments and I will be more than happy to contribute to it💕 • • • #TogetherWeRise #TimesUp #NotOnOurWatch #NeverthelessShePersisted #DefineFeminism #GurlsTalk #WonderWomen #DameTravelerConnection #DameTraveler #SheisNotLost #TimeOutNewYork #seeyourcity #TheWeekOnInstagram
“Hurling myself out of a perfectly functioning airplane was a dream forever for this pink-haired daredevil,” Moorthy wrote in a post last year.
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I believe I can flyyy 🎶 I believe I can touch the skyyyy 🌥 … Aaaand touch the sky I did from an effin’ 18000 ft thanks to the unconditional love-ninja in my life, Vishnu ❤️, who literally took this year’s anniversary surprise a notch “higher” than last year’s hot air ballooning adventure 🎈, by gifting this adrenaline junkie with one of the highest tandem skydives in the world! 🤘 … Hurling myself out of a perfectly functioning airplane was a dream forever for this pink-haired 💕daredevil and when it fiiiiinalllly turned into reality, it was a sensory overload of exhilaration and exultation to say the least! Between hyperventilating from overexcitement and sucking in the supplemental oxygen to get to 18000 ft, I barely noticed that suddenly I am sitting with my legs dangling out of the plane ✈️ at 18k feet with views to ahem, “die” for 😉 … As the beaming ocean vistas 🌊 beckoned me from far below, I realized that the wind whipping past whisked my breath away from my airways, deafened my eardrums and sent me into a euphoric disarray of emotions while we plummeted towards what eerily looks like Google Earth Maps in real life 😄 … And then it was time to PARTY in the sky! 🎉🎊🎉WoooHooo! Twists ‘n’ turns, screams ‘n’ spins ensued 🤘The 90sec freefall, aaaaah those 90 seconds of intoxicating freedom how I wish I could describe THAT! 🖋I am a wishful wordsmith, but there are times I just keep writing and deleting unable to put the zilliony emotions I experience to words, and yet those are simply some of the most magical moments in my life ✨✨✨(and every single time they have involved Vishnu in some way or the other 💕) Sooo since they say a picture speaks a 1000 words, here’s a teeny video clip from my skydiving adventure which I hope will make up for my want of words🤗 • • • #skydiving #skydivesantabarbara #ibelieveicanfly #iloveskydiving #adrenalinerush #tandemskydive #freefalling #adventuretravel #18000ft #bucketlist #freefall #skydive #roadtrippers #roadtripusa #globalstorybook #girlgetters #radgirlslife #traveladdicts #femaletravelbloggers #skydivinggram #traveltales #exploreaholic #pinkhairdontcare #skydivegram #skydiving_everyday @skydive_gram
She reportedly had set up a tripod near the ledge on Tuesday evening. The next day, some park visitors found the camera and immediately notified the rangers.
Jishnu Viswanath said that the rescuers “used high-powered binoculars to find them and used helicopters to airlift the bodies.”
He added that the pair will be buried in the U.S. as the bodies were no longer fit to be flown back to India.
Meanwhile, Yosemite park officials have stated that the investigation, which could take several days to complete, is currently ongoing.
Featured image via Instagram/holidaysandhappilyeverafters