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31st Oct 2018

Couple die while taking a selfie at a cliff edge in Yosemite National Park

Jade Hayden


A couple have died while taking a selfie at a cliff edge.

Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy fell off the side of the cliff in Yosemite National Park last week while trying to get a photo of themselves looking over the vertigo inducing edge.

Their bodies were recovered by park rangers 800 feet below Taft Point two days after the accident.

Their camera was discovered by tourists on Tuesday evening.

Sky News reports that the Indian couple’s funeral will take place in America because their bodies are not in a condition to be flown home.

Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu, has said that park rangers began searching for the couple after their camera was found, using “high-powered binoculars to find them (and) helicopters to airlift the bodies.”

A spokeswoman for Yosemite National Park has said that an investigation into the couple’s death could take several days.

The cliff edge where they were standing had a granite ledge but no safety railing.

This comes some weeks after a new report stated that over 250 people have died while taking selfies. 

In July this year, 19-year-old Gavin Zimmerman fell to his death while taking selfies on a cliff in New South Wales, Australia.

Similarly, a man named Tomer Frankfurter died in California’s Yosemite National Park in September after falling 250m while trying to take a selfie.

Selfie-related deaths were found to be most common in India, Pakistan, Russia and the United States.