Falling off a high location is one of the most common causes of selfie-related deaths. And last week, a desire for a perfect snapshot took away two more young lives. Vishnu Viswanath and his wife Meenakshi Moorthy wanted to take a selfie at Yosemite National Park when they were trying to photograph themselves and the spectacular view at Taft Point.
29-year-old Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi were Indian expats living in California, AP News writes. Viswanath’s brother confirmed that the couple fell to their death while trying to take a selfie. Reportedly, the visitors spotted the camera the following morning and alerted the park rangers, who found the bodies of the couple.
Viswanath and Meenakshi ran an Instagram page holidaysandhappilyeverafters, which has more than 23K followers. Ironically, in one of the posts, they even warn Instagrammers to be careful and responsible when snapping selfies at dangerous heights.
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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
A couple of weeks ago, photographer Matthew Dippel accidentally took a photo of an engagement at the exact same spot from which the Viswanath and Meenakshi fell to their death. He used Twitter to look for the couple; and he eventually did find them. So to make things clear – the Indian couple is not the one in Dippel’s image.
Only two months before this tragedy, a teenager also lost his life in Yosemite after falling from the height of 820 feet. And again, it was because he wanted to take a selfie, according to the reports. Sadly, we’ve seen many more tragedies in which “adrenaline junkies” and “daredevils” lost their lives because of the chase for the perfect selfie and Instagram likes.
In an attempt to reduce selfie-related accidents and deaths, India has proclaimed “no-selfie” zones at some of the major tourist spots. I don’t know how well it has worked so far, but something definitely needs to be done to prevent people from pushing their luck just so they can get Instagram likes. In my opinion, we should start from educating people about the dangers instead of simply banning them from tourist spots. But I wouldn’t be surprised to see the “no-selfie zones” start emerging in other parts of the world, too.
[via AP News]