Two tourists die after falling from a cliff while taking a selfie

Australian couple fall to their death at Portuguese beach while 'trying to take selfie'

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told the Associated Press that consular authorities were assisting the family of the Australian victim and coordinating with British authorities about the second person.

His mother told the paper that the couple had left Australia in January and had attended a wedding in Portugal in recent weeks.

Emergency workers found a mobile phone on the wall where they were understood to have lost their balance. According to AFP it's not the first time tourists have fallen from the wall situated near the Praira dos Pescadores beach.

Perth man Michael Kearns, 33, and his English girlfriend Louise Benson have been named by media as the couple who died after falling off a beach wall in Portugal.

The head of rescue service in Cascais port, Rui Pereira da Terra, reported to the news agency Lusa that officials suspect the couple was taking a selfie when the tragic fall occurred.

"It seems that [the victims] might be getting a "selfie", when they let the phone fall, leaned over to grab it and fell", he was quoted as saying.

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

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

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

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

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

According to local reports, this is not the first time tourists have fallen from the wall, and it is not the only such incident of a selfie turned deadly, or almost did.

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