Couple taking selfie on cliff plunge to their deaths

The pair's bodies were found on Praia dos Pescadores beach, also known as the Fishermans Beach, by cleaners on Tuesday morning local time.

A man and a woman were standing on a wall overlooking a beach in the coastal town of Ericera when they lost their balance and fell to their deaths.

Mr Kearns' mother told PerthNow the couple, who lived in Perth, had been holidaying overseas since January, and had been in Portugal for a friend's wedding.

The captain of the port of Cascais, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon, said he believed the couple fell while trying to take a selfie.

Louise Benson was a British national.

"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.

Mr Kearns was a fly-in, fly-out worker on Chevron's Wheatstone project in the Pilbara and was a keen recreational diver in his spare time.


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

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

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

"We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and are providing support to her family", a U.K. Foreign Office spokeswoman told the Guardian.

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.

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

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