A couple who died in the Yosemite National Park during their selfie while taking a selfie in October reportedly had alcohol in their systems at that time. The Mercury News reports that the Sheriff's Department of Stanislaus County, according to an autopsy, found the couple to be drunk with ethyl alcohol & # 39; before they died.
Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, and her husband, Vishnu Viswanath, 29, were Indian expats living in California. Moorthy was a self-described "adrenaline junkie", and the couple took photo's for social media and a travel blog called "Holidays & Happily Ever Afters."
This photo obtained from Facebook posted on June 26, 2017, shows a selfie of Vishnu Viswanath, right, and his wife Meenakshi Moorthy at Skydive Santa Barbara in Lompoc, California. Vishnu Viswanath / Facebook via AP
Visitors found their cameras and warned park rangers. Their bodies were found about 800 feet below Taft Point, a place where visitors can see the Yosemite Valley.
The day before the couple fell, another pair took pictures of Moorthy. Sean Matteson said she stood out from a crowd because of her pink hair and because she was close to the edge.
"She was very close to the edge, but it seemed she was entertaining herself," said Matteson from Oakland, California. "She gave me the willies, there are no handrails, I did not intend to get so close to the edge, but she seemed comfortable, she did not look like she was in trouble or something."
The Mercury news also reports that the office of Stanislaus County Coroner concluded that the couple died of multiple injuries to the head, neck, chest and abdomen of the fall.
A study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care said that 259 people died between October 2011 and November 2017. The report, based on findings from researchers in India who searched worldwide media reports, said that the main causes of selfie-death were drowning, usually with people being washed away by waves or falling from a boat, followed by people who are killed while posing for a moving train, deaths from high places or during shooting with dangerous animals.