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Fatal selfie: British and Australian couple die in Portugal

Tourists fell to their deaths while taking pictures above beach

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A British and an Australian tourist have plunged to their deaths in a Portuguese coastal town while reportedly taking selfies from a wall overlooking a beach, authorities said.

The Correio da Manha newspaper reported that the tourists' bodies were found on a beach in Ericera, around 25 miles north of Lisbon, along with their mobile phones, wallets and other possessions.

Rui Pereira da Terra, a captain with the local naval authority, told broadcaster TVI that authorities believe the couple - Louise Benson, 37, and her Australian boyfriend, Michael Kearns, 33 - fell as they tried to recover a phone, or while trying to take photographs on the 30m wall.

Australia's foreign affairs department said consular authorities were assisting the family of the Australian victim and coordinating with British authorities about the second person.

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