November 2, 2018

Daredevil Stupidity Send Two Hikers to Their Deaths in Yosemite National Park.

Loss of life is tragic.  But, recent loss of two lives at Yosemite National Park was entirely preventable, given that it was caused by the decedents' own risk taking, apparent lack of respect for Mother Nature's power, and plain ole stupidity.

Tragic.  But entirely preventable.

Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy

What happened?  Well, two Indian nationals, Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, recently plunged some 3,000 feet to their deaths in Yosemite National Park.  The couple was known for their daredevil antics and edge-of-cliff selfies.  It's not known exactly how the fall happened, although investigators assume they were attempting to take a selfie on the edge of a cliff (Taft Point), slipped, and fell some 3,000 feet to their deaths.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the couple had a travel blog (now deleted) and Instagram account highlighting their daredevil antics during their frequent travels.  Here is what Moorthy had to say about the couple's "daredevilry" antics:
"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???” Moorthy wrote on an Instagram post attached to a photo of her sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon. “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.
-- San Francisco Chronicle, October 29, 2018
Facebook image of now dead couple taking a selfie on a cliff edge.
Lack of respect for the power of Mother Nature is down right dangerous.  Weather, fire, topography, and nature in general are too be respected.  Stupidity at a Cliff Edge + Gravity = Death. 

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