Yosemite fall: Victims identified as married bloggers from India

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The couple kept a blog of travel photos including this one in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.Image source, Instagram
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The couple kept a blog of travel photos including this one in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico

A man and woman who died after falling from a cliff in Yosemite National Park have been identified as a married couple from India.

Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, were living in the US and had maintained a travel blog of photos from their trips around the country.

In a recent Instagram post, the couple pondered the "daredevilry" of taking photos from dangerous locations.

Park rangers are investigating but say the cause of death may never be known.

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Taft Point, on left, rises about 3,000ft (900m) off the valley floor

Viswanath and Moorthy's bodies were recovered from a steep rocky area beneath the lookout on Taft Point on Thursday, according to park spokesman Jamie Richards.

The Taft Point promontory offers views of the valley floor 3,000 ft (900m) below and has become a popular spot for romantic photos and wedding proposals.

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Heylooow lovelies of the insta family! 🌹Excited and ecstatic to announce that I am working on a brand new blog 💻 along with my hubby, Vishnu- the man behind the pretty pics and the techie-in-residence! 😎 Here is a sneak-peek preview of what you can expect from the blog: • Fun-filled travel tips/itineraries to help you plan your next getaway. ✈️🌍 • Entertaining and exciting 🤠 roadtripping 🚗adventures narrated with all the fun stops.⛰🛤 • Tried and tested budget travel hacks to make the max out of your moolah! 💵 • Shining my #pinkpositivelight 💖 to try and minimize the sneaking negativity in our life 😇 • ... aaand looots more! Surely travel related articles are going to take a front-seat row 🌍, but like many of you already know, I am someone who tries to look at the world with my rose-tinted glasses 😍as much as I can. ... So the blog will be a medley of travel 🗺, adventure 🌋, love ❤aaaand positivity sprinkled with some fairy dust ✨BUT I pinky promise to keep it real and relatable! 🤗Stay tuned as we get closer to the launch of this love of ours and please let us know if you would like to see anything specific on our blog.😊 • • • #travelblog #travelblogger #traveldiaries #newblog #travelogue #expatblogger #blogging #femaletravelbloggers #welivetoexplore #maketimetoseetheworld #lifewelltravelled #exploringglobe #letsgoeverywhere #wandermore #instatravel #mytravelaffairs #travelcouple #newyorkcity #nyc_instagram #whyilovenyc #newyorklike #ig_nycity #newyork_ig #nyc_highlights

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"We still do not know what caused them to fall," Mr Richards told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"We're trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall."


The couple maintained a blog called Holidays and HappilyEverAfters where they described themselves as "travel obsessed".

On the blog, Moorthy called herself a "mermaid-haired wanderess who loves to waltz with words" and her husband "Captain Creative who wows me and everyone with his phantasmagoric photographic skills".

They both graduated in 2010 from the College of Engineering, Chengannur in Kerala state, which took to Facebook to mourn the "accidental demise of its two alumni".

College of Engineering, Chengannur (CEC) deeply mourns the accidental demise of its two alumni—Vishnu Viswanath and...

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Vishnu's brother Jishnu Viswanath told the Associated Press in India that the two apparently fell while taking a selfie after setting up their tripod near the ledge on Tuesday evening.

He said the two were married four years ago at a Hindu temple in Kerala, and that their funerals would take place in the US.

Viswanath had worked as a software engineer for Cisco and was planning to move with his wife from New York to California for the job.

On their Instagram account they posted to their 14,000 followers last March of the danger of taking selfies from dangerous locations.

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CHASING SUNSETS or CHASING LIKES ??? 😛 ... Sooo today on #socialmediabadasstribe we are talking about limits of #doitforthegram.😶Yeah sure it can be limitless but guys, we reaaaallly need to have boundaries(this is handy as life lessons too but we will revisit that later😉) 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? ... When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south 😱 from a skyscraper, let’s remember to save that in our core memory 🧠 and not the memory dump 🛢(I am still on the Inside Out 🎬 train y'all 😬) Same applies when we get our knickers in a twist and hog a spot till we get the perfect shot🙄 I know I know, I am guilty as charged for all of this 🤦‍♀️ and if I didn’t have Mr. Two Goody Shoes, Vishnu 🤭 with me, I am not even sure if I would have written this post. ... Let us all try to be responsible digital citizens and use our “numbers” to be transparent and honest, shall we?🤗 None of us is perfect and the more we accept it and share our flaws as much as our wins, we are one step closer to creating a sane social media without the scary brouhahas.💕✨ ... Still there?👀 Woohoo, a backflip is in order, or wait maybe a pizza? 🍕 What about a unicorn ice-cream 🦄 🍦 with some Disney-approved cotton candy 🍭🍬 and pixie dust infused sprinkles 🧚‍♀️ if…..IF you could tell me the one time you were effin’ proud of being candid and real AF in social media? 😎 ... PS - Not sponsored but sweatshirt is from @radearthsupply • • • #grandcanyonnps #northrim #instagramaz #visitarizona #travelarizona #shotzdelight #discovertheroad #usaroadtrip #visittheusa #outdoorsusa #exploretheusa #womenwhoexplore #iamtb #radparks #thediscoverer #gtgi #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #hikemore #radgirlslife #travelreality #dreamscape @womenwhoexplore @visit_arizona @visittheusa @shotzdelight

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

"Is our life just worth one photo?" she wrote.

Meanwhile, a photographer's viral search to identify a couple who got engaged earlier this month at Taft Point has ended, after they came forward on social media.

Photographer Matt Dippel posted an appeal online, in an effort to find the couple featured in the romantic shot.

Alright Internet I need your help. Help me find these two. This was taken at Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park on...

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Charlie Bear and his fiancée Melissa stumbled upon the photo of themselves on Instagram, said Mr Dippel in a follow-up Facebook post.

"Even though this was the second time around I was just as nervous as the first time, and I was even more nervous being high up on the cliff," Mr Bear told CNN.

"I have a fear of heights, and I kind of overcame that for her."

More than 10 people have died in Yosemite this year.

Last month an Israeli teenager accidentally fell to his death while taking a selfie from another part of the world-renowned park.