Two tourists in Portugal fell to their death while taking a selfie

14 Juin, 2018, 14:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

The man and woman, one British and the other Australian, were found on a beach in the town of Ericeira after they reportedly fell early Tuesday.

A spokesman for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told news.com.au that it was providing consular assistance to the man's family.

According to Portuguese newspaper Correio de Manha, cops investigating the scene found a cell phone near their bodies, noting a selfie might have caused the fatal fall.

Police will also be speaking to witnesses, who said they saw the pair sitting on the wall with their legs facing the beach.

"Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie".

"We found a mobile phone [at the bottom of] on the sea wall which indicated they might have been taking a selfie when the phone fell - they leaned over to get it and fell", he said.

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Kearns was a part-time worker at an energy company in the Pilbara region of Western Australia while Benson, who was originally from Bristol, was a keen diver like Kearns.

The spokesperson did not confirm the nature of the incident or say how the woman died.

The beach at Pescadores is surrounded by cliffs and a 30-metre high wall covered in shrubs.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and are providing support to her family".

Lonely Planet describes Ericeira as a picturesque beach town that's popular with tourists from Lisbon and surfing enthusiasts who come for the Atlantic coast waves.

Her husband Rufus said after her death in 2016 that she regularly took selfies while cycling. It is a popular spot and countless tourists upload their pictures of the enormous wall on social media.

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