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Selfie deaths are sadly not uncommon. The growing instances of fatal accidents caused by a single misstep by seemingly confident people are alarming. Just last week, tragedy befell an Indian couple that fell to their deaths while allegedly taking a selfie in California’s Yosemite Park. Vishnu Viswanath, 29 and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30 were identified on Monday as an Indian married couple residing in the United States.
According to other visitors, the couple was standing too close to the edge of Taft Point and had set up a camera on a tripod there. The next morning, park officials were alerted because there was no sign of anyone around. The park rangers sought the help of high powered binoculars and helicopters to airlift the bodies. The popular viewpoint in the California park does not have a railing to protect visitors from the ledge.
The couple, who were self-professed ‘adrenaline junkies’ has a large social media following of fellow travellers on their joint Instagram account. Incidentally, they posted about the dangers of taking photos from the edges of cliffs just last month. Mrs. Moorthy had written a rather ominous caption under a picture of the Grand Canyon, saying: “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?" This trip sadly turned out to be the last one for them as their bodies were found at 800ft below Taft Point which offers a sweeping view of the valley below. Coincidentally, Mrs. Moorthy’s unmistakably pink hair appears in another tourist couple’s selfie just minutes before the Indian couple met their tragic end.
According to the park’s spokesperson, a total of 10 people have died in the park of which 6 fell to their deaths. “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” he said. "Now, we don't know what happened in this case, but we urge hikers to stay on the trail," he added.
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