Monday, 22 October, 2018

Australian dies in Portugal 'selfie' fall

Ericeira in Lisbon Portugal Ericeira in Lisbon
Jeannette Daniel | 14 June, 2018, 14:57

The bodies of the British and Australian tourists were found on a beach in Ericeira with their phones and other possessions nearby, reports The Guardian.

The woman from the United Kingdom who died is reported to have been 30.

His mother said yesterday the couple had left Australia in January on a holiday and had attended a friend's wedding in Portugal in recent weeks.

Emergency workers found a mobile phone on the wall where they were understood to have lost their balance.

The couple has been identified as Michael Kearns, 33, and his 37-year-old partner of British extraction, Louise Benson. Officials from both the United Kingdom and Australian governments said they were providing support to the families.

"Will be greatly missed by all of us who love them."

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.

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"Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie", he told AFP.

Michael worked at the Chevron Wheatstone Project, a giant gas field development 700 miles north of Perth.

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

The Foreign 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".

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

The Australian Embassy in Lisbon has been notified of the deaths. It is a popular spot and countless tourists upload their pictures of the enormous wall on social media.

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