Indian couple killed in fall from California’s Yosemite park overlook

Indian couple killed in fall from California’s Yosemite park overlook

Park rangers recovered their bodies Thursday from about 800 feet (245 meters) below Taft Point, where visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that doesn't have a railing.

Sean Matteson said Meenakshi Moorthy and her pink hair stood out from the crowd enjoying the sunset atop Taft Point last week.

In a March 28 Instagram post, Moorthy questioned, "Is our life just worth one photo?"

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

The funeral will take place in the US since the bodies were not in a condition to be flown back to India, Jishnu Viswanath said. A friend of the couple said they were on a driving trip from NY and were seeing the sights in California at the time. "I will be also shining my pink light of positivity from time to time, on what can get use close to the ever elusive 'happily-ever-afters, ' or whatever that sh-t means".

In an eerie coincidence, a man who had hiked to the same spot with his girlfriend captured pictures of Meenakshi prior to her fall, saying she accidentally appears in the background of two of their selfie photos.

Matteson said he doesn't recall noticing Viswanath.

The couple's funerals will take place in the United States because their bodies are not in a condition to be flown back to India, Mr Viswanath added.

Ms Moorthy, who had dreams of pursuing a career as a travel blogger, had previously written about such "daredevilry" selfie attempts on Instagram.

National Park officials have publicly identified the pair who perished after plunging to their deaths from a popular overlook.

Moorthy meanwhile "had no expression at all" said Laguillo, and was 'just looking at the view and very calm'.

Viswanath and Moorthy, both IT professionals, had been married for four years and belonged to Kannur and Kottayam districts in Kerala respectively.

Earlier, the National Park Service had said in a statement that the recovery operation for a male and female visitor who had died in the fall from Taft Point was completed on the afternoon of October 25. Six months ago Viswanath started a new job at Cisco Systems, based in California's San Jose, according to an unidentified friend.

The duo's married life was detailed in a travel blog called "Holidays and HappilyEverAfters", where they wrote about their recent vacations and posted photos of themselves in front of landscapes and monuments such as the Eiffel tower.

After a series of selfie-related deaths in India, the country's tourism ministry asked government officials to safeguard tourists by installing signs in areas where accidents had occurred, declaring them "no-selfie zones".

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