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Two Australians die after falling from a cliff in Portugal

Two Australians die after falling from a cliff in Portugal”

Australian Michael Kearns, 33, and his British girlfriend Louise Benson, 37, were standing on a wall overlooking the picturesque Praia dos Pescadores beach in Ericeira early Tuesday, when their phone slipped, Perth Now reported.

A couple trying to take a selfie at a popular tourist spot in Portugal plunged almost 100 feet to their deaths, authorities said.

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

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.

Their bodies were found on the beach at the foot of the wall in Ericera, around 25 miles north of Lisbon, along with mobile phones, wallets and other possessions, according to the Correio da Manha newspaper.

Portuguese officials said the pair are thought to have been on the 30-metre (100ft) high wall before they died.

"It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell while leaning over to retrieve it", da Terra said.

Previous reports suggested they were an Australian couple, but the Department of Foreign Affairs told SBS News it was providing assistance to the family of one Australian who died in Portugal.

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

The Foreign Office said: "We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and stand ready to provide support to her family".

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

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



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