Indian Man, Woman Killed In Fall From Yosemite Park Overlook

In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, an unidentified couple gets married at Taft Point in California’s Yosemite National Park. The viewpoint overlooks Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, a popular vertical ascent for rock climbers across the globe. Yosemite National Park officials have identified two people who died after falling from a popular overlook as a man and a woman from India who were living and working in the United States. Park officials said Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 they were 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and his 30-year-old female companion, Meenakshi Moorthy. Park officials recovered their bodies about 800 feet (245 meters) below Taft Point last week. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers, File)


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yosemite National Park officials say two people who fell to their deaths from a popular overlook were a man and a woman from India who were living and working in the United States.

Officials said Monday that they were 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy. It’s not clear what their relationship was.

Park rangers recovered their bodies Thursday from about 800 feet (245 meters) below Taft Point, where visitors can walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge that doesn’t have a railing.

Yosemite spokeswoman Jamie Richards didn’t respond to phone or email messages requesting further details. She said in a statement that park officials were investigating the deaths and that could take several days.


 

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