Couple plunges to death at Yosemite National Park’s Taft Point, officials say

Couple plunges to death at Yosemite National Park’s Taft Point, officials say

Their identities were not released, but the park said they were visitors.

A man and woman have fallen to their deaths from a popular lookout point in Yosemite National Park in the US.

Park spokeswoman Jamie Richards said she did not know if rangers had to rappel down or hike up the "challenging area" in Taft Point as they worked all of Thursday to reach the bodies of a male and female. He didn't say when the couple fell from Taft Point, which is at an elevation of 7,500 feet (2,285 meters).

The post has been shared thousands of times and folks have been trying to help Dippel locate the couple.

(AAP) Freelance photographer Matt Dippel accidentally captured this photo of a proposal happening on Taft Point's cliff edge (Matthew Dippel).

Park rangers were recovering the bodies of the victims.

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The couple's deaths brought the total of fatalities in the park over the last six months to eight.

In September, an Israeli teen, 18-year-old Tomer Frankfurter, died when he slipped and fell off a cliff while taking a selfie at Yosemite.

In 2015, world-famous wingsuit flier Dean Potter and partner Graham Hunt died after jumping from Taft Point in an attempt to clear a V-shaped notch in a ridgeline.

Base jumping is illegal in the park.

Despite video and photos of the jump, officials consider the specific reason why Mr Potter and Mr Hunt died a mystery.

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