Kissing Couple Fall To Their Deaths From Bridge In Peru
The tragic moment a kissing couple fell 50ft to their deaths from a bridge was caught on harrowing CCTV footage.
The couple, who have been named as Maybeth Espinoz, 34, and Hector Vidal, 36, were walking home from a club in Cusco, Peru on Saturday 3 August when they stopped for a kiss on Bethlehem Bridge.
The clip shows the pair kissing, before Ms Espinoz moves to sit on top of the safety railings with her legs wrapped around Mr Vidal, however, she appears to lose her balance and starts to tilt backwards.
Mr Vidal can been seen attempting to pull her back, but instead the couple both end up toppling over the edge.
Witnesses saw the couple fall and alerted emergency services who rushed to the scene.
A number of local reports claim the couple survived the fall. However, Ms Espinoz reportedly died on the way to Hospital de Contingencia, while her boyfriend died later in intensive care where he was being treated for a skull fracture.
According to Panamericana the couple were mountaineers who were had moved to the area to begin work as tour guides.
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In a heart-wrenching post on Facebook Association of Mountain Guides of Peru called Hector a 'good human being' who had a 'beautiful family which God blessed with beautiful children'.
The post praised the instructor and lamented the sad loss.
"We, your family of mountain guides will miss the great support to the institution," it continued. "And even more those who will follow our steps, since you were an excellent instructor."
The group added that he will be 'very much missed'.
The post has been flooded with messages of condolence from both those who knew the couple and complete strangers who had been touched by the tragedy.
Mr Vidal's brother Edwin Vergara is reported to have told authorities the couple had been drinking at a nearby nightclub hours before the fall, which happened at around 1am.
The horrific moment was caught on CCTV, which has helped authorities piece together what happened. It is not known if police will now continue with the investigation into the deaths.
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