Indian couple die in Yosemite fall while taking selfie

Travel bloggers who lived in N.Y. and warned others not to pose near cliffs identified as victims of fatal plunge in Yosemite

Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and his wife Meenakshi Moorthy, who grew up in Kerala before moving to the U.S. for employment, died after slipping off the Taft Point, a scenic spot 3500 ft high overlooking the Yosemite Valley in California on Tuesday. In one post from March, Moorthy was photographed as she watched a sunset in the Grand Canyon's North Rim, where she eerily foreshadowed the dangers of "standing at the edge of cliffs", according to the post.

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

Viswanath's brother told local media in India that he believes the couple were taking a selfie when the tragedy happened.

Park visitors saw the camera and alerted rangers, who used high-powered binoculars to find them.

In that photo Moothy is again at the edge of a cliff, and wrote: '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???

On their website, Meenakshi said: 'It was Vishnu who introduced me to the travel bug in the first place.

"She was very close to the edge, but it looked like she was enjoying herself", said Matteson, who lives in Oakland, California. "I got the chills".

Viswanath and Moorthy were both born in India and married in 2009.

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Instead, she said, they managed to work remotely and spent their spare time exploring.

A view from Taft Point Overlook in Yosemite National Park.

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. "She's one of those girls who wants to explore the world and discover a deeper meaning in life". He said Viswanath was a "thoughtful and fantastic guy, very talented".

Dr. Nisha Kuruvilla, a professor at the College of Engineering, Chengannur in Alapuzha district in Kerala state, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meekakshi Moorthy were her students and had married at a Hindu temple in Kerala four years ago.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the couple had a had recently moved from NY after Viswanath took a job as a systems engineer at Cisco Systems Inc., based in San Jose, according to a friend.

Officials are not now providing any further details except that the deaths remain under an investigation that could take several days.

The couple were in the United States to study engineering, but also had a travel blog, Holidays and Happily Ever Afters.

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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