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Travel lovers plunge 800ft in apparent selfie attempt

If only they’d taken their own advice

In a tragic story out of the US, two tourists were killed in Yosemite National Park after falling from a popular, but scarily high ledge, in what appears to be a selfie attempt gone wrong. 


Image Instagram


Indian residents of the US, the travellers had apparently set up a camera one evening to take a photo at the edge of Taft Point, a popular spot for selfies. 


But after their camera was found on its tripod the next morning, authorities were alerted and the worst fears were confirmed when their bodies were discovered 800 feet below. 


According to media reports, husband and wife Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, were keen travellers, and chronicled their journeys on social media - earning more than 14,000 followers on Instagram. 


But while Ms Moorthy longed for a role as a full-time travel blogger, she was aware of the risks involved in pursuing her dreams the way she did. 


In an Instagram post at the Grand Canyon in March, she even wrote, “Chasing sunsets or chasing likes???”.


“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?” the post read.


Image Sean Matteson


Meanwhile, an American hiker, who had trekked to the spot where the Indian pair were, caught a shot of Ms Moorthy in the background of a selfie he took with his girlfriend prior to her fall. 


Sean Matteson told NBC Bay Area he recognised the woman after the victims were identified.


“She was very close to the edge, but it looked like she was enjoying herself," said Oakland resident, Matteson.


"She gave me the willies. There aren't any railings. I was not about to get that close to the edge. But she seemed comfortable. She didn't seem like she was in distress or anything."


Taft Point is perched 3,500 feet above Yosemite Valley, offering sweeping views of the national park. There is no railing at the point.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 31 October 2018

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