Bri­tish-Aus­tralian cou­ple fall to their death in Por­tu­gal while 'try­ing to take selfie'

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A cou­ple be­lieved to be from Bri­tain and Australia have fallen to their death from a wall over­look­ing a pop­u­lar tourist beach in Por­tu­gal, ap­par­ently los­ing their bal­ance af­ter tak­ing a selfie.

Por­tu­gal’s Cor­reio da Manhã news­pa­per re­ported that the cou­ple had died on the Praia dos Pescadores (Fish­er­men’s Beach) near Eri­ceira, a pic­turesque sea­side re­sort on the coun­try’s west coast.

Rui Pereira da Terra, the head of the res­cue ser­vice in Cas­cais port near Lis­bon, told the news agency Lusa that of­fi­cials sus­pected the man and woman had been tak­ing a selfie on a wall above the beach when they fell.

“Ev­ery­thing seems to in­di­cate that the fall hap­pened when they were prob­a­bly try­ing to take a selfie,” he said.

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“Since we found a mo­bile phone on the wall, ev­ery­thing sug­gests the vic­tims might have been tak­ing a selfie, when they al­lowed the phone to fall, leaned over to grab it and fell,” he was quoted as say­ing.

The re­port did not name the cou­ple but said the woman was 30 and the man 40, although other re­ports gave slightly dif­fer­ent ages. They fell above more than 30 me­tres, the news­pa­per re­ported, adding that a beach cleaner had found the bod­ies early on Tues­day morn­ing.

The De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade told AAP it was pro­vid­ing con­sular as­sis­tance to “the fam­ily of an Aus­tralian who died in Por­tu­gal”.

It was un­clear which of the pair is an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen.

“The de­part­ment has been in con­tact with the Bri­tish For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice re­gard­ing the other per­son who died in the in­ci­dent,” DFAT said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day.

An­other news­pa­per, the Jor­nal de Notí­cias, said fish­er­men had dis­cov­ered a “hor­ror scene” when they came across the bod­ies about 6.30am. “At first the fish­er­men thought the corpses, from far away, might be peo­ple sleep­ing on the beach,” the news­pa­per said. “Only when they got closer did they re­alise that it was a dead cou­ple and they were shocked with what they saw.”

The town of Eri­ceira, 30km from the Por­tuguese cap­i­tal, is a pop­u­lar surf­ing spot. Its beach is ringed by cliffs and a 40-me­tre high wall.

It is not the first time tourists have fallen off the wall.

Pho­to­graph: REDA amp;CO/UIG via Getty Im­ages

A cou­ple have fallen to their death at the beach town of Eri­ceira in Por­tu­gal.

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