Saturday, 23 June, 2018


Australian tourist dies 'while trying to take selfie'

The pair died after falling from the cliff top at Pescadores Beach in Ericeira Portugal JOAOMARTINHO63/SUPPLIED The pair died after falling from the cliff top at Pescadores Beach in Ericeira Portugal
Bennie Garza | 13 June, 2018, 20:30

A British woman and Australian man have died after falling 100 feet off a beach wall in Portugal while taking a selfie.

Kearns, a fly-in, fly-out worker and recreational diver, had left Australia in January on vacation with Benson, and attended a friend's wedding in Portugal in recent weeks, according to his mother.

This isn't the first time tourists have fallen off from the wall.

Ms Benson posted a photo to social media just a day before their deaths showing Fisherman's Point in the background - the cliff from which the couple fell.

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

A beach cleaner found the two bodies in the sand beside a mobile phone early Tuesday morning at Pescadores beach in Ericeira, 30km from Lisbon.

"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.

Authorities in Portugal are investigating whether they'd been taking a "selfie" after a mobile phone was found at the bottom of the cliff.

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

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

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".

"Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment".

Local media reported the pair were both Australian, however, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said one Australian had died, and the department had been in contact with its British counterpart over the second death.

The beach is a popular resort with surfers on the south coast of the Algarve.

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