Australian couple die after fall at Portugal beach

Australian couple die after fall at Portugal beach

An Australian appeared to have been taking photos with a British tourist when the pair fell down the cliff at Pescadores Beach in Ericeira and died, the National Maritime Authority told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The man, who was in his 40s, and the woman in her 30s were apparently taking a picture on top of a wall that overlooks Pescadores beach in Ericeira when they plunged to their deaths between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Tributes have begun to flow for the beloved couple, who left Australia in January to travel the world and had attended a friend's wedding in Portugal just weeks earlier.

A local naval official in the area says authorities believe the couple fell off the 90-foot wall while they were attempting to take a selfie.

Louise Benson, 37, and her Australian boyfriend, Michael Kearns, 33, lived in Perth, Australia, and were on a five-month trip when they died on Tuesday morning.

Another explanation is that the couple fell when trying to recover a phone.

Mr Kearns was a FIFO worker on Chevron's Wheatstone project in the Pilbara, and they were both keen divers, particularly Ms Benson.

Mr Kearns' parents were notified of their son's death about 1am and were later visited by WA Police.

The couple's bodies were taken to a medical centre while authorities contacted the Australian and British embassies in Lisbon.

Australia's foreign affairs department said Wednesday in an email that consular authorities were assisting the family of the Australian victim and co-ordinating with British authorities about the second person.

"Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment". Picture: SuppliedThe large stone wall sits 30m above the popular surf beach.

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