Australian tourist dies 'while trying to take selfie'

The pair died after falling from the cliff top at Pescadores Beach in Ericeira Portugal

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

Local media reported a 30-year-old woman and 40-year-old man fell from a height of 30 metres.

Two tourists fell to their deaths while apparently trying to take a selfie from a cliff overlooking a popular beach in Portugal, according to multiple news reports.

"Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie", said Captain Rui Pereira da Terra of the Cascais Port rescue service, as reported by Perth Now.

Michael Kearns, 33, was holidaying with his partner Louise Benson, 37, before the pair were found dead on a popular surfing beach in Portugal.

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

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Local fishermen thought the couple may have been sleeping on the beach after spotting them at around 6.30am, the Jornal de Noticias newspaper reported.

Kearns, a fly-in, fly-out worker and recreational diver, had left Australia in January on vacation with Benson, and attended a friend's wedding in Portugal in recent weeks, according to his mother.

It was not the first time that tourists had fallen off 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.

The Australian department of foreign affairs and trade confirmed that an Australian national had died while the British Foreign Office also confirmed the death of one of their citizens.

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

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