‘IS OUR LIFE WORTH A PHOTO?’ Yosemite death plunge selfie couple posted chilling warning about ‘daredevil’ stunts days before falling from beauty spot

Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, were Indian-born travel bloggers who lived in the US

01 November 2018 - 10:05

A TRAVEL blogger who plunged to her death with her husband while apparently taking a selfie had warned people against the stunt just weeks before.

The bodies of Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, were found by park rangers at Yosemite National Park, California, on Thursday after they fell 800ft.

In an Instagram post taken at the Grand Canyon earlier this year, 30-year-old Meenakshi M warned daredevils who try to snap selfies from dangerous edges: "Did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL???"

The caption accompanies a photo of her sitting on the edge of the canyon's North Rim.

The couple had been studying engineering together before moving to the US.

They were Indian nationals who lived and worked in San Francisco, California, according to NBC Bay Area.

Their website Holidays and Happily Ever Afters documented their love of travelling around the world.

Dr Nisha Kuruvilla, a professor at the College of Engineering in Kerala, told the Associated Press that Vishnu and Meekakshi were her students.

She said that they had married at a Hindu temple four years ago.

Kuruvilla described them as "very good students" who were "fond of travelling."

Park rangers recovered their bodies last Thursday from about 800 feet below Taft Point, a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that doesn't have a railing.

Yosemite spokeswoman Jamie Richards said in a statement that park officials were investigating the deaths and that could take several days.

A total of ten people who have died in Yosemite, in northern California, this year.

On Thursday, a statement from the park rangers’ service on Thursday said: "A male and female visitor died in an apparent fall from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park.

“Yosemite National Park Rangers are recovering the bodies this morning."

Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said the park was investigating but confirmed safety railings only exist at some parts of the overlook.

Earlier this month a photo of a man proposing went viral after it was posted to social media.

Freelance photographer Matthew Dippel took to Facebook and Instagram to try and locate the couple he had captured at the magical moment.

On October 17 he wrote: “Alright Internet I need your help. Help me find these two. This was taken at Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park on October 6th, 2018.

“I took this photo and would love for them to find it. My Instagram is @gorgeouscornchip.”

Matthew later told CNN: “It’s a super-popular place in Yosemite, he told the news site: "There were at least three or four different brides and grooms up there doing their post-wedding photos, so it’s definitely not an uncommon thing to see up there.

“I ran over to that point after I took the photo to try to figure out who they were and I asked maybe 20 or 25 people and no one came forward.”

So far the couple in his photo have yet to be identified while the Facebook image has been shared more than 20,000 times.

 

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