Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australian tourist dies 'while trying to take selfie'

Australian tourist dies 'while trying to take selfie'

The man and woman reportedly lost their balance while taking photographs of themselves overlooking the coastal town of Ericeria, 30 kilometres from Lisbon, where they fell roughly 30 metres to their death, according to local media.

An Australian tourist has reportedly died while trying to take a selfie in Portugal.

They were found early on Tuesday morning by a worker cleaning the beach at the resort, which is popular with surfers.

"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.

They think the couple were taking a selfie at the time of the fall because they found a smartphone at the scene.

It is unclear which of the pair is an Australian citizen.

The man is thought to be in his 40s while the woman is said to be in her 30s.

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One Portuguese newspaper reported that fishermen discovered the couple's bodies at about 6.30am.

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

It is not the first time tourists have fallen off the wall.

The Foreign Office confirmed the woman involved in the tragic accident was British, and told The Telegraph: "We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and are providing support to her family'".

It said in a statement: "The department has been in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the other person who died in the incident".

Portugal's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to the family of the dead Australian and had also contacted the British authorities.

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