10 deaths at Yosemite Park in 2018: The Indian travel couple are not the only ones

New Delhi: In a tragic incident, an Indian couple lost their lives after they fell from 800 feet in an area with steep terrain in California’s Yosemite National Park this week.

They fell to their deaths from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. They were identified on Monday as a married couple from India living in the United States, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The couple – Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30 – identified themselves as travel bloggers and used to post pictures of their adventures of travelling around the world in a blog called ‘Holidays and HappilyEverAfters’.

As per early reports, Park spokeswoman Jamie Richards had said rangers had to rappel down and climb the steep terrain in Taft Point as they worked to reach the bodies of the victims. A California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted them, she had said.

10 deaths in 2018

  • However, this is not an isolated accident at the Yosemite National Park.
  • More than 10 people have died at the park in 2018, six of them from falls and the others from natural causes, park spokesman Scott Gediman was quoted as saying on Sunday.
  • An 18-year-old Israeli man accidentally fell hundreds of feet to his death last month while hiking near the top of 600-foot-tall (180-meter-tall) Nevada Fall.
  • In 2015, world-famous wingsuit flier Dean Potter and partner Graham Hunt died after jumping from Taft Point in an attempt to clear a V-shaped notch in a ridgeline. They were at flying in wingsuits but crashed.

Spot for dramatic wedding photos

  • Railings only exist at a small portion of Taft Point, which offers breathtaking views of the valley, Yosemite Falls and towering granite formation El Capitan.
  • Visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that does not have a railing and has become a popular spot for dramatic engagement and wedding photos.