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Young couple died in Yosemite fall 'while taking selfie'

Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy at the Grand Canyon this year. Credit: Facebook

A couple who fell to their deaths from a popular overlook at Yosemite National Park in the United States were apparently taking a selfie, the man’s brother has said.

Park rangers recovered the bodies of 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath and 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy from about 800 feet below Taft Point.

The Taft Point features a lookout spot from edge of a cliff which offers visitors expansive views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.

Visitors can also walk to the edge of a vertigo-inducing granite ledge which does not have a railing.

Mr Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu Viswanath, said the couple had set up their tripod near the ledge.

Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. Credit: AP

Park visitors saw the camera and alerted rangers, who used high-powered binoculars to find them.

The couple were said to be "travel-obsessed".

Ms Moorthy wrote for a blog called Holidays and HappilyEverAfters filled with photos of them in front of snowy peaks, the Eiffel Tower and tulip fields.

She shared a photo of her sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon on Instagram and wrote: "Is our life just worth one photo?"

Ms Moorthy wrote on an Instagram post earlier this year: 'Is our life just worth one photo?' Credit: Instagram

Ms Moorthy added: "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???"

It is understood she had wanted to work full-time as a travel blogger.

Yosemite spokeswoman Jamie Richards said in a statement park officials were investigating the deaths and the probe could take several days.