Couple plunges to death at proposal spot
A COUPLE plunged to their death from a cliff at Yosemite National Park known as a popular location for proposals.
And it's the same spot captured last week in another couple's viral engagement photo, the New York Post reported.
Park rangers said the victims died on Thursday when they fell from Taft Point, a scenic destination about 900m above the Yosemite Valley floor in California, news station KPIX reported.
"A male and female visitor died in an apparent fall from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park Rangers are recovering the bodies this morning," officials said in a statement.
"This incident is under investigation and no further details are available."
The accident comes a week after another couple's wedding proposal at the picturesque cliff became an online sensation.
Their romantic shot took off on social media as a freelance photographer, Matt Dippel, attempted to track down the mystery couple, whose touching moment he inadvertently snapped.
Mr Dippel said he was waiting to take a landscape photo of his friend when one couple's engagement caught his eye.
"It's a super-popular place in Yosemite. Really popular for engagements, proposals, weddings," Mr Dippel told CNN.
"There were at least three or four different brides and grooms up there doing their post-wedding photos, so it's definitely not an uncommon thing to see up there."
The photographer said he then tried to find the lovebirds at Yosemite but to no avail.
"I ran over to that point after I took the photo to try to figure out who they were and I asked maybe 20 or 25 people and no one came forward," Mr Dippel said.
Mr Dippel ultimately reached out to social media for help, sharing the engagement photo in a tweet, which has received more than 164,000 retweets since October 17.
The newly engaged couple, however, still have not been located more than a week after the viral photo.
Railings only exist at a small portion of the Taft Point lookout, which is popular for its breathtaking views of the valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan and fissures on the granite rock that plunge to the valley floor, AP reported.
More than 10 people have died at the park this year, some from natural causes and others from falls, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman told AP.