Indian techie cou­ple falls to death in Cal­i­for­nia Park

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NEW YORK: An Indian cou­ple, who had gushed in a travel blog about how much they loved “dare­dev­ilry” or stand­ing on the edge of cliffs, died after fall­ing 800 feet in an area with very steep ter­rain in Cal­i­for­nia’s Yosemite Na­tional Park this week, the me­dia re­ported.

Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, were iden­ti­ied on Mon­day as the mar­ried cou­ple who fell to their deaths from Taft Point in Yosemite Na­tional Park last week, the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle re­ported.

Viswanath and Moorthy, both soft­ware engi­neers, were from In­dia and were liv­ing in the US. They had re­cently moved from New York after Viswanath took a job as a systems engi­neer at Cisco Systems Inc., based in San Jose.

Rangers re­cov­ered their bod­ies on steep ter­rain on Thurs­day be­low Taft Point, an area known for its spec­tac­u­lar views of the Yosemite Val­ley, Yosemite Falls, and El Cap­i­tan, said park spokesman Jamie Richards. Vis­i­tors spot­ted the cou­ple’s bod­ies on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Park Ser­vice, Taft Point is an area with very steep ter­rain. It is also a pop­u­lar spot for tourists try­ing to take scenic and memorable pho­tos.

It was not clear how the cou­ple fell or what they were do­ing when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred, the re­port said. A friend of the cou­ple said they were on a driv­ing trip from New York and were see­ing the sights in Cal­i­for­nia at the time.

The cou­ple also ran a blog called Hol­i­days and Hap­pily Ever Afters, chron­i­cling their ad­ven­tures around the world. They shared their pho­tos in beau­ti­ful places, along with a warn­ing of travel dangers.

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