Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

British and Australian tourists die in Portugal 'fall'

British and Australian tourists die in Portugal 'fall'

A couple have fallen to their deaths after reportedly trying to take a selfie on a wall above a beach in Portugal.

Authorities think the pair reached out to grab the cellphone, lost their balance and fell 98 feet to the rocky beach below.

Speaking with the news agency Lusa, Rui Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service at the port of Cascais near the capital city, Lisbon, said that officials suspect the pair was taking a snap when they fell down the wall.

"We found a mobile phone [at the bottom of] on the sea wall which indicated they might have been taking a selfie when the phone fell - they leaned over to get it and fell", he said.

It is believed the incident happened between 1am and 6am on Tuesday local time.

A beach cleaner then came upon the remains and alerted the authorities.

The couple are believed to be from Britain and Australia.

Benson worked at a nonprofit that raises awareness about the destruction of wildlife in oceans, according to her Facebook.

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

The Australian Embassy in Lisbon has been notified of the deaths.

Pescadores Beach, which translates to Fisherman's Beach, is ringed by cliffs and a wall of up to 40m high.

Local media reported the pair were both Australian, however, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said one Australian had died, and the department had been in contact with its British counterpart over the second death.

A DFAT spokesperson said it was providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Portugal.

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

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

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