“Is our life worth just one photo?” she had written on Instagram recently, almost like a premonition. A travel-obsessed and thrill-loving couple recently fell to their death in California’s Yosemite National Park. Shocking photos before death show that they were trying to take a selfie…
Shocking photos before death reveal how couple died
Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30 were travel enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies who frequently blogged about their adventures on a website called ‘Holidays and Happily Ever Afters’.
Last week, the couple were found dead after apparently falling from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. Their bodies were recovered on 1 Nov 2018 by park rangers.
It seems that, the couple were trying to take a selfie on a ledge when the tragedy happened. There are no railings on the ledge.
Ironically, in one of her Instagram posts this year, Meenakshi had written, “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?”
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CHASING SUNSETS or CHASING LIKES ??? 😛 … Sooo today on #socialmediabadasstribe we are talking about limits of #doitforthegram.😶Yeah sure it can be limitless but guys, we reaaaallly need to have boundaries(this is handy as life lessons too but we will revisit that later😉) 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? … When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south 😱 from a skyscraper, let’s remember to save that in our core memory 🧠 and not the memory dump 🛢(I am still on the Inside Out 🎬 train y’all 😬) Same applies when we get our knickers in a twist and hog a spot till we get the perfect shot🙄 I know I know, I am guilty as charged for all of this 🤦♀️ and if I didn’t have Mr. Two Goody Shoes, Vishnu 🤭 with me, I am not even sure if I would have written this post. … Let us all try to be responsible digital citizens and use our “numbers” to be transparent and honest, shall we?🤗 None of us is perfect and the more we accept it and share our flaws as much as our wins, we are one step closer to creating a sane social media without the scary brouhahas.💕✨ … Still there?👀 Woohoo, a backflip is in order, or wait maybe a pizza? 🍕 What about a unicorn ice-cream 🦄 🍦 with some Disney-approved cotton candy 🍭🍬 and pixie dust infused sprinkles 🧚♀️ if…..IF you could tell me the one time you were effin’ proud of being candid and real AF in social media? 😎 … PS – Not sponsored but sweatshirt is from @radearthsupply • • • #grandcanyonnps #northrim #instagramaz #visitarizona #travelarizona #shotzdelight #discovertheroad #usaroadtrip #visittheusa #outdoorsusa #exploretheusa #womenwhoexplore #iamtb #radparks #thediscoverer #gtgi #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #hikemore #radgirlslife #travelreality #dreamscape @womenwhoexplore @visit_arizona @visittheusa @shotzdelight
Sean Matteson, who saw the couple atop Taft Point, has been quoted as saying, “She was very close to the edge, but it looked like she was enjoying herself. She gave me the willies. There aren’t any railings.”
“I was not about to get that close to the edge. But she seemed comfortable. She didn’t seem like she was in distress or anything.”
Officials are now investigating the deaths.
PHOTO: INSTAGRAM / @holidaysandhappilyeverafters
The sad truth about selfie deaths and how to avoid them
According to a study, more than 250 people worldwide have died taking selfies in the last six years. This is really sad, considering that the tragedy is completely avoidable and purely man-made.
And why are people going to extreme lengths just for that elusive selfie? So they can get a few extra likes on Facebook or Instagram?
The study’s lead author Dr Agam Bansal, from the India Institute of Medical Sciences, says, “Selfies are themselves not harmful, but the human behaviour that accompanies selfies is dangerous.”
“Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviours and risky places where selfies should not be taken.”
Death by selfie has become such a common phenomenon that researchers are now trying to figure out ways to stop them.
“‘No selfie zones’ should be declared across many areas, especially near water bodies, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings, to decrease the incidence of selfie-related deaths”, says Dr Bansal.
Most dangerous selfie areas
Be especially careful when trying to take selfies while:
- Standing on a mountain or cliff
The most number of selfie deaths have occurred due to people falling from heights.
Avoid any experiments on a high-rise building, roof, bridge or cliff, and avoid going too close to the edge. Have a firm footing before attempting to take a selfie, and do not lean out too far.
- Standing too close to water bodies, like for example, standing on top of a waterfall.
One leading cause of death by selfie is drowning.
Don’t take selfies while walking or driving. Avoid places with fast moving vehicles.
And avoid selfies on railway tracks or trains.
- Standing too close to wildlife
Lastly, remember to love yourself more than your selfie.
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(Source: Time, NY Post)