Selfie-taking tourists fall from cliff to their deaths in Portugal town

Lester Mason
Июня 13, 2018

Portugal's Correio da Manhã newspaper reported that the couple had died on the Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermen's Beach) near Ericeira, a picturesque seaside resort on the country's west coast.

The pair - a man and a woman - were at Pescadores beach in Portugal when they fell off from a lookout point.

Fishermen in the area thought the pair was simply sleeping on the beach but discovered a "horror scene" when they approached, describing the couple's bodies as "shattered" to local paper Journal de Noticias.

The couple are believed to be from Britain and Australia.

Emergency workers found a mobile phone on the beach, leading Portuguese police to believe the pair were taking a selfie and lost balance.

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 posing on a wall above the beach when they fell.

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According to AFP, it is not the first time tourists have fallen from the high stone wall.

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

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

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and are providing support to her family".

The beach is a popular photo spot for tourists thanks to its cliffs and 40m-high walls. "Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment", a DFAT spokesperson said.

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