Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

British tourist and boyfriend who fell off 90ft wall taking selfie

British tourist and boyfriend who fell off 90ft wall taking selfie

A couple said to be from Australia and the United Kingdom were presumably taking a picture on a 30-meter-high wall overlooking a picturesque beach when they allegedly lost their balance and fell off a cliff in Portugal.

'It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it, ' he added.

Police will also be speaking to witnesses, who said they saw the pair sitting on the wall with their legs facing the beach.

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

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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.

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

A spokesperson for the DFAT said it was "providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Portugal".

Cops have sealed off the beach while investigations continue into exactly what happened.

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Local rescue service captain Rui Pereira da Terra told Portuguese news agency Lusa a mobile phone was found resting on the wall, suggesting a fatal photography mishap.

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

The beach at Pescadores is surrounded by cliffs and a 30-metre high wall covered in shrubs.

Meanwhile, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has stated that it was in touch with local authorities "following the death of a British woman in Portugal and stand ready to provide support to her family".

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The beach is at a surfing town on Portugal's western Atlantic Ocean coast.

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