United States: Indian Techie Couple Falls 800 Feet In Yosemite National Park

United States: Indian Techie Couple Falls 800 Feet In Yosemite National Park

United States: Indian Techie Couple Falls 800 Feet In Yosemite National Park 

New Delhi: A tragic incident occured in California's Yosemite National Park this week, after an Indian couple died after falling 800 feet in an area with steep terrain, according to a media report.

The 29 year old Vishnu Viswanath and his wife Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, fell to their deaths from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that they were identified as a married couple from India living in the United States.

As per the reports,  the couple had recently moved from New York after Vishnu Viswanath took a job as a systems engineer at Cisco, based in San Jose. The couple had chronicled their travelling adventures around the world in a blog called 'Holidays and HappilyEverAfters'.

On Thursday, the bodies were recovered by the rangers from the steep terrain below Taft Point, a popular tourist spot that offers spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan. Visitors had spotted the bodies a day earlier.

Jamie Richards, the Park spokesman said that, "We still do not know what caused them to fall. We're trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall."

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The cops were probing, how the couple fell or what had occurred when the accident happened. The Yosemite National Park is a famous spot which is a favourite place for tourists from around the world to take scenic and memorable photos.

The National Park Service had earlier stated that the recovery operation for a male and female visitor who had died in the fall from Taft Point was completed on the afternoon of October 25. According to the department, the two people fell approximately 800 feet below Taft Point in an area with very steep terrain.

This recovery operation involved Park Rangers using technical climbing and rappelling techniques, in addition to helicopter support from the California Highway Patrol for a short-haul operation.

As per the reports, the couplegot married in 2014 and both were software engineers. On the cover of Vishnu Viswanath's Facebook page is a picture of the two of them smiling on the edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon.

The College of Engineering, Chengannur's facebook page said that the two were its alumni and added that it deeply mourns their "accidental demise". Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy belonged to the BTech 2006-10 Computer Science and Engineering batch, said the college.

"Our hearts go to the friends and family members of this lovely couple. May their souls rest in peace," the college said.

The 24 year old Raj Katta of New York, said he got to know both of them while attending Bradley University, in Illinois. He said Vishnu Viswanath was a "thoughtful and amazing guy, very talented. They are a really happy couple. Very positive."

The Meenakshi Moorthy, Mr Katta as extremely positive and enthusiastic. "She's one of those girls who wants to explore the world and discover a deeper meaning in life."

He said in the report that Vishnu and Meenakshi had decided six months ago that he would take the job at Cisco and they would live in California for a year or so.

Here is the couple's earlier photographs:






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