A couple from Kerala, who fell off a cliff at the Yosemite National Park in the western U.S. last week, were apparently taking a selfie before the tragedy took place, the man's brother was quoted as saying by AP.
Park rangers recovered the bodies of 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy on Thursday about 800 feet below Taft Point, where visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that doesn't have a railing.
Mr Viswanath's brother told local media in India that he believes the couple were taking a selfie when the tragedy happened.
The pair, who lived in the United States, were travel enthusiasts and had a blog called Holidays and HappilyEverAfters that chronicled their adventures.More news: SRK Greets Thousands Of Fans Outside His Residence ‘Mannat’ On 53rd Birthday
"A lot of us, including yours truly, [are fans] of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers", one post noted. "Our life is it worth a photo?".
"It's clearly a very tragic circumstance and as the investigation progresses we will have a better idea of possibly what happened", park spokesperson Jamie Richards told KFSN, noting that it is "too early to speculate". "She's one of those girls who wants to explore the world and discover a deeper meaning in life". During their trip, Moorthy posted a photo to Instagram with her back to the camera, sitting on a ledge and gazing at a sunset.
More than 10 people have died at Yosemite this year, some from natural causes and others from falls, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.
Some US media reports said the couple, both IT professionals, from Kerala may have plunged to their deaths while taking selfies at the risky spot.More news: Thousands of US troops sent to tighten security at Mexico border
In an eerie coincidence, a man who had hiked to the same spot with his girlfriend captured pictures of Meenakshi prior to her fall, saying she accidentally appears in the background of two of their selfie photos. "She gave me the willies".
Both Moorthy and Viswanath were born in India, graduated from science and engineering programs there, and had moved from New York City to San Francisco's Bay Area in June. But he said she appeared comfortable. It was not clear how the couple fell or what they were doing when the accident occurred.
"She was very close to the edge, but it looked like she was enjoying herself", said Matteson of Oakland, California.More news: Ariana Grande injured hand during escape room challenge