Australian tourist dies 'while trying to take selfie'

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                    Pescadores beach in Ericeira Portugal

REDA&CO via Getty Images Pescadores beach in Ericeira Portugal

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.

An Australian couple has fallen to their deaths from a wall overlooking a popular tourist beach in Portugal while reportedly taking selfies.

Michael Kearns, 33, was holidaying with his partner Louise Benson, 37, before the pair were found dead on a popular surfing beach in Portugal.

The bodies of the couple, both believed to be aged in their 30s, were found in the sand by a beach cleaner, local media has reported.

Tourists have plunged from the wall before and locals have asked for security measures to be implemented, according to the Telegraph UK.

"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 to grab it and fell".

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Cops have sealed off the beach while investigations continue into exactly what happened.

"Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were trying to take a selfie", said Ruis Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service in Cascais port near Lisbon.

The Australian Embassy in Lisbon has been notified of the deaths.

The Foreign Office confirmed a British woman had died and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and Trade said an Australian had lost their life.

"The Department has been in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the other person who died in the incident", the spokesperson said.

The pair died after falling from the cliff top at Pescadores Beach in Ericeira, Portugal.

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