New York: In a tragic incident, an Indian couple died after falling 800 feet on steep terrain in Yosemite National Park, California, this week, according to a newspaper report.
Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, died of death at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. They were identified Monday as a married couple from India living in the United States, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
According to the report, the couple had recently left New York after Viswanath held a position as a systems engineer at Cisco in San Jose.
Together, they related their travel adventures around the world in a blog called “Holidays and HappilyEverAfters.”
Rangers found their bodies on steep terrain on Thursday under Taft Point, a popular tourist spot with spectacular views of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. The visitors had seen the bodies a day before.
Park’s spokesman, Jamie Richards, reportedly said in the report: “We still do not know what caused his downfall, we try to understand what happened.” Maybe we never know (but what we have seen fall).
Richards said that so far 10 people have died in the park this year and that six of these visitors have died.
In May, Asish Penugonda, a 29-year-old Indian citizen, died before climbing the park’s famous Half Dome Trail.
“Yosemite is a wild and picturesque place, and if you do not pay attention to your foot, it’s very easy to slip and fall,” Richards said.
“Now we do not know what happened in this case, but we urge hikers to stay on the road.”
The investigators were trying to discover how the couple had fallen or what happened when the accident happened in the famous place, a favorite place for tourists from all over the world who want to take picturesque and memorable photos.
A little earlier, the National Park Service stated in a statement that the recovery operation for a male and female visitor who died in the fall at Taft Point ended the afternoon of October 25.
The ministry said the two people had fallen to approximately 800 feet Taft Point in a very steep area of land.
During this recovery operation, the Park Rangers used technical techniques of climbing and rappelling, in addition to the helicopter support of the California Highway Patrol for short-range operations.
The report added that the couple had been married since 2014 and that they were both software engineers. On the cover of Viswanath’s Facebook page, we see a picture of them smiling at the edge of a Grand Canyon cliff.
In an article published on Facebook, Faculty of Engineering, Chengannur said that both were his students and that he was deeply regretting his “accidental death”.
The university said that Viswanath and Moorthy belonged to B Tech Group 2006-10 Computer Science and Engineering.
“Our hearts are with the friends and family of this lovely couple, may their souls rest in peace,” said the university.
Raj Katta, 24, of New York, said he had come to know them while attending Bradley University, Illinois. He said that Viswanath was a”Pensive and surprising couple, very talented, very happy, very positive”.
Katta described Moorthy as extremely positive and enthusiastic. “She’s one of those girls who wants to explore the world and discover a deeper sense of life.”
He said in the report that Viswanath and Moorthy had decided six months ago to accept work at Cisco and live in California for about a year.
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