The brother of the young man who died with his wife said that they had installed their tripod on the mountain ledge the night before and the next day some tourists found the camera alone, so they alerted the park rangers, who with their binoculars spotted the bodies that had fallen precipice down.
Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi ‘Minaxi’ Moorthy, the Indian couple who died tragically last week when they fell off a cliff in Yosemite National Park, was apparently taking a selfie, Viswanath’s brother told the Associated News Agency Press (AP)
The popular Taft Point viewpoint, where these two people fell 800 feet down , is known for its spectacular panoramic views and visitors can walk to the edge of a ledge that has no handrail.
Jishnu Viswanath, brother of the deceased man, said that they had installed his tripod on the ledge of the mountain on Tuesday night. The next morning, visitors to the park noticed that there was an abandoned camera and alerted the park rangers, who “used powerful binoculars to find them and used helicopters to transport the bodies.”
Park authorities recovered last Thursday the bodies of Viswanath, 29, and Moorthy, 30, on a steep terrain located about 800 feet just below the famous viewpoint from which Yosemite Valley can be seen, the spokeswoman confirmed. Park, Jamie Richards.
On Monday they were identified as a married couple from India who lived and worked in the United States, both systems engineers and travel bloggers who documented their adventures on social networks. They had recently moved to California from New York because he got a job at the Cisco company.
Their lives came to a tragic end, especially due to the fact that they warned in their publications of the dangers of selfies, something that apparently ended up being victims themselves.
“Many of us, including ourselves, are really fans of the audacity to try to stand on the edges of mountains ras and rascalcielos🌆, but did you know that the gusts of wind can be FATAL? ¿ ️ Is our life only worth a photo?”, They pondered in the text next to a photo taken a few months ago in the Grand Canyon, which they posted on their Instagram account.
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Sean Matteson, a man from Northern California who was visiting with his girlfriend, Drea Rose Laguillo, the same area of this famous park, happened to take several photos of Moorthy before he suffered the fatal fall, because by accident he appeared at the bottom of the selfies that they made that day.
Ironically it was a selfie and maybe it could be the last photo of the girl. Matteson told the media that Moorthy stood out among the group of people who visited Taft Point that day because of her characteristic pink hair color and because she was very close to the edge.
“She was very close to the edge, but she looked like she was having a good time,” said the Oakland man. “It scared me because there were no handrails, I was not close to getting close to that edge, but she looked comfortable, she did not look distressed or anything.”
When Matteson saw that the girl who accidentally left his photos was the same one who had fallen into the void, he says he felt chills. His girlfriend was the one who noticed that it was the same person when the identity of the deceased was revealed on Monday.
The couple’s funeral will be in the United States because the bodies were not in condition to be transferred back to India, according to the relative who spoke with AP.