Indian couple fall to their deaths while taking selfie

(SKY NEWS) – An Indian couple who fell to their deaths from a cliff edge at Yosemite National Park were taking a selfie, a relative has revealed.

The bodies of Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, were recovered by park rangers at the popular US tourist destination on Thursday.

The couple had fallen around 245 metres (800ft) below Taft Point, where visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that does not have a railing.

They had set up their tripod near the popular cliff edge in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains on Tuesday evening, according to Mr Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu Viswanath.

Park visitors discovered the camera the next morning and alerted rangers, who “used high-powered binoculars to find them and used helicopters to airlift the bodies,” he said.

The couple’s funerals will take place in the US because their bodies are not in a condition to be flown back to India, Mr Viswanath added.

Yosemite spokeswoman Jamie Richards said an investigation into the deaths could take several days.

Ms Moorthy, who had dreams of pursuing a career as a travel blogger, had previously written about such “daredevilry” selfie attempts on Instagram.

In a post accompanying a picture of herself sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon, she wrote: “A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL???

“Is our life just worth one photo?”