Two Tourists Plunge to Their Death While Taking Selfie in Portugal

Published June 13th, 2018 - 10:37 GMT
Ericeira, Portugal (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Ericeira, Portugal (Shutterstock/File Photo)

A British woman and an Australian man have plunged to their deaths while apparently taking a selfie together at a beach in Portugal.

A man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s were taking a picture on a 30-metre-high wall overlooking a popular tourist beach when they lost balance, police believe.

A beach cleaner found the bodies on Tuesday morning on the sand of Pescadores beach in Ericeira, 30km from Lisbon.

The couple are believed to have fallen between 1am and 6am.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that one Australian had died while the British Foreign Office said a British woman had passed away.

'Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie,' said Rui Pereira da Terra, head of the rescue service in Cascais port.

'It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it,' he added.

Pescadores beach is ringed by cliffs and a 30-metre high wall covered in shrubs.

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



'The Department has been in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the other person who died in the incident. Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment.'

The British Foreign and Commonwealth 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 beach is at a surfing town on Portugal's western Atlantic Ocean coast.

It is a popular hotpot, with countless tourists uploading their pictures of the enormous wall on Instagram.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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