YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California – Two people have died in an obvious fall from Yosemite National Park's Taft Point one…
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California – Two people have died in an obvious fall from Yosemite National Park’s Taft Point one week after a picture of the rock became a social media sensation reports the CBS SF Bay Area.
The national park service said Rangers recovered the body‘s character and the woman on Thursday morning. It released some details about the event, which is still being investigated.
Just last week, freelance photographer Matt Dippel turned to social media in search of two people whom he accidentally caught on the cliff. Dippel was waiting to take a picture of his friend when a couple went out on the cliff and the man dropped to a knee.
“It’s a very popular place in Yosemite. Really popular for engagements, suggestions, weddings” Dippel told CNN. “There were at least three or four different brides and grooms up there with their aftermath pictures, so it’s definitely not an unusual thing to look up there.”
It appears that they were very far away, but Dippel said it was only about a two minute walk.
“I ran over to the time after I took the picture to try to figure out who they were and maybe I asked 20 or 25 people and no one came forward.”
Dippel and Josh had spent a few days in Yosemite earlier this month during a road trip down the west coast from Seattle to Los Angeles. When Dippel came home to Grand Rapids, Michigan, he uploaded the image to Facebook and asked the internet to find them.
“Okay, I need your help. Help me find these two,” he wrote. “This was taken at Taft Point, in Yosemite National Park on October 6, 201
8. I took this photo and would love for them to find it.”
The post has been divided thousands of times and people have tried to help Dippel locate the couple.
Taft Point is also where world famous wing dance flutes Dean Potter and his partner, Graham Hunt, died after jumping from the rock in 2015. The couple who experienced flying in wings, the most extreme form of BASE jumping, crashed after trying to clear a V-shaped hack in a ridgeline. BASE jumping, which stands for jumping of buildings, antennas, buckles (like bridges) and the earth, is illegal in the park.
An investigation concluded that the death was unintentional. Despite the video and pictures of the jump, officials consider the specific reason why Potter and Hunt died a mystery.