British woman found dead on Portuguese beach after 'taking selfies' with Australian

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

Their bodies were found by a beach cleaner on Tuesday morning and a cell phone was found at the top of the wall.

The couple left Australia in January on holiday and had gone to a friend's wedding in Portugal recently, the website reported.

Louise Benson, 37, and her Australian boyfriend, Michael Kearns, 33, lived in Perth, Australia, and were on a five-month trip when they died on Tuesday morning.

Mr Kearns was a FIFO worker on Chevron's Wheatstone project in the Pilbara, and they were both keen divers, particularly Ms Benson.

"Since 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", he was quoted as saying.

It's understood the couple may have been taking selfies after a phone was found at the bottom of the cliff.

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

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

"Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment".

Praia dos Pescadores - or Fishermans Beach - on Portugal's Atlantic coast, is around 25 miles from Lisbon and is popular with tourists and surfers.

Ericeira is a fishing town that's popular with surfers and tourists alike.

Their bodies were taken to a medical centre while Portuguese authorities alerted British and Australian embassies in Lisbon.

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