Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi “Minaxi” Moorthy, 30, had hiked to Taft Point, an overlook that features breathtaking views thanks to a steep plunge into Yosemite Valley. The two fell approximately 800 feet, the NPS said.
“We still don’t have any clear idea exactly what happened,” Jamie Richards, a spokeswoman for Yosemite National Park, told The Mercury News, a Bay Area newspaper. “We are still trying to piece it together.”
Viswanath and Moorthy were born in India and had been together since 2009, marrying in 2014. The couple were alumni of the College of Engineering, Chengannur, in southern India. “Our hearts go to the friends and family members of this lovely couple,” the college wrote in a Facebook post. “May their souls rest in peace.”
The couple moved to the Bay Area from New York City in June. They traveled extensively throughout the past few years, visiting more than a dozen states and several countries, including Italy, France, Belgium and the Maldives.
Moorthy documented their adventures on a blog called Holidays and HappilyEverAfters, posting happy snaps of her husband and musings they had throughout their travels. The pair was a “dreamer-doer duo,” Moorthy wrote.
“A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers,” reads the photo’s caption, “but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? Is our life just worth one photo?”
In 2015, professional climber Dean Potter also died at Taft Point when he jumped from the cliff wearing a wingsuit and smashed into its rocks, along with his companion Graham Hunt. Potter was internationally renowned as an experienced jumper.
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