Australian dies in Portugal 'selfie' fall

Australian dies in Portugal 'selfie' fall

A couple who fell to their deaths from a cliff at a beach in Portugal are from Perth.

An Australian has fallen to their death from a wall overlooking a popular tourist beach in Portugal, apparently losing their balance after taking a selfie, a rescue official said Tuesday.

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

In a chilling twist, Mr Kearns shared a photo of a glass of red wine on the beach with the exact 30-metre wall he would fall from just 24 hours before his death. The report has suggested that a beach cleaner found the corpses of a man, 40, and a woman, aged 30, early on Tuesday morning, while another newspaper, the Jornal de Notícias, said that fishermen had come across the bodies at around 6:30 a.m.

"It seems that (the victims) might be getting a "selfie", when they let the phone fall, leaned over to grab it and fell", he was quoted as saying.

The newspaper reported that Rui Pereira da Terra, a captain with the local naval authority, told broadcaster TVI that authorities believe the pair fell when trying to recover a phone or to take photographs on the wall.

Pescadores Beach, which translates to Fisherman's Beach, is ringed by cliffs and a wall of up to 40m high.

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

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it is providing consular assistance to the family and is in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. "Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment", a DFAT spokesperson said.

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