Australian couple fall to their death at beach in Portugal while 'trying to take selfie'
Portugal British-Australian couple fall to their death in Portugal while 'trying to take selfie'
Authorities say couple may have dropped phone while taking picture on 40-metre-high wall near Ericeira
A couple believed to be from Britain and Australia have fallen to their death from a wall overlooking a popular tourist beach in Portugal, apparently losing their balance after taking a selfie.
Portugalâs Correio da ManhÃ£ n ewspaper reported that the couple had died on the Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermenâs Beach) near Ericeira, a picturesque seaside resort on the countryâs west coast.
Rui Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service in Cascais port near Lisbon, told the news agency Lusa that officials suspected the man and woman had been taking a selfie on a wall above the beach when they fell.
âEverything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie,â he said.
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âSince 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 over to grab it and fell,â he was quoted as saying.
The report did not name the couple but said the woman was 30 and the man 40, although other reports gave slightly different ages. They fell above more than 30 metres, the n ewspaper reported, adding that a beach cleaner had found the bodies early on Tuesday morning.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told AAP it was providing consular assistance to âthe family of an Australian who died in Portugalâ.
It was unclear which of the pair is an Australian citizen.
âThe department has been in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the other person who died in the incident,â DFAT said in a statement on Wednesday.
Another newspaper, the Jornal de NotÃcias, said fishermen had discovered a âhorror sceneâ when they came across the bodies about 6.30am.
âAt first the fishermen thought the corpses, from far away, might be people sleeping on the beach,â the newspaper said. âOnly when they got closer did they realise that it was a dead couple and they were shocked with what they saw.â
The town of Ericeira, 30km from the Portuguese capital, is a popular surfi ng spot. Its beach is ringed by cliffs and a 40-metre high wall.
It is not the first time tourists have fallen off the wall.Topics
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