A view from Taft Point Overlook in Yosemite National Park. VW Pics / UIG via Getty Images hide caption change…
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A couple fell to their death last week when they visited a beautiful view of Yosemite National Park, National Park Service said.
Vishnu Viswanath, 29 and Meenakshi “Minaxi” Moorthy, 30, had walked to Taft Point, a view that has outstanding views thanks to a steep dusk in the Yosemite Valley. The two fell about 800 ft, said NPS.
Park Rangers recovered their bodies last Thursday, using technical climbing, rappelling techniques and helicopters from California Highway Patrol to reach them.
“We still have no clear idea exactly what happened,” Jamie Richards, a spokesman for Yosemite National Park, told the newspaper Mercury News for the Bay Area. “We are still trying to steer it together.”
“There is a hand at the oversight, but there are plenty of places where you can walk close there without the handrails,” she said. “Yosemite is an inherently wild place.”
Viswanath and Moorthy were both born in India and married in 2009. The couple were alumni at Engineering College, Chengannur, in southern India. “Our hearts go to friends and family members to this wonderful couple,” wrote the college in a Facebook post. “May their souls rest in peace.”
The couple moved to the Bay Area from New York City in June and traveled a lot in recent years, visited over a dozen states and several countries, including Italy, France, Belgium and the Maldives.
Moorthy documented her adventures on a blog called Holidays and HappilyEverAfters and sent happy snaps of her husband and musings as they had during the trip. Together, the couple was a “dreamer duo,” wrote Moorthy.
The couple visited the Grand Canyon in March. During the trip, Moorthy sent a photo to Instagram with her back to the camera, sitting on one side watching a sunset.
“Many of us including yours are really a fan of violent attempts to stand at the edge of rocks and skyscrapers,” reads the caption of the image, “but did you know that winds can be FATAL ??? Is our life just worth a photo?”
The couple’s death is the latest that occurs in Yosemite National Park this year – More than 10 people have died there this year, The Washington Post reports.
In 2015, professional climber Dean Potter also killed at Taft Point as he jumped from the cliff wearing a wing and collapsed with his companion Graham Hunt. Potter was internationally known as an experienced jumper.