Thursday, 21 June, 2018

British tourist and boyfriend who fell off 90ft wall taking selfie

Australian couple fall to their death at Portuguese beach while 'trying to take selfie' Australian couple die after fall at Portugal beach
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 14:55

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to "the family of an Australian who died in Portugal".

They were on a five-month holiday which had recently included attending a friend's wedding.

According to Portuguese newspaper Correio de Manha, cops investigating the scene found a cell phone near their bodies, noting a selfie might have caused the fatal fall.

The couple who died in a cliff fall in Portugal have been identified as Michael Kearns and Louise Benson. Officials from both the United Kingdom and Australian governments said they were providing support to the families.

The captain of the port of Cascais, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon, said he believed the couple fell while trying to take a selfie.

Local emergency services told AFP a mobile phone was found near the bodies, indicating they might have been taking photographs before they fell.

"Will be greatly missed by all of us who love them."

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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 vacationing couple fell 30-metres to their death from this wall in Ericeira, Portugal.

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

Ericeria is a fishing and surfing town on Portugal's western Atlantic Ocean coast, 50km north-west of capital Lisbon.

Benson's friends posted emotional tributes online following her death, with one posting online: "It can be such a cruel world we live in, RIP Louise Benson yet again another great soul (taken) away from us far too early".

Ericeira, a fishing town favoured by surfers, is renowned for its seafood restaurants and nightlife.