Tourists fall to death in Portugal apparently trying to take selfie


A couple who are believed to be from Britain and Australia have fallen to their deaths in a Portuguese beach town.

Rescue services said the evidence suggests the couple were taking a selfie next to the 130-foot (40m) tall beach wall and lost their balance.

Portugal’s Correio de Manha reported that their bodies were found by a beach cleaner on Tuesday morning on the Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermen’s Beach) near Ericeira.

Rescue service chief Rui Pereira da Terra told the Portuguese news agency Lusa: “Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie.

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“Since we found a mobile phone on the wall, everything suggests the victims might have been taking a selfie when they allowed the phone to fall, leaned over to grab it and fell.”

Reports suggest that the woman was in her 30s and the man was in his 40s, though they were not named.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told the Australian Associated Press it is providing consular assistance to “the family of an Australian who died in Portugal”.

“The Department has been in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the other person who died in the incident,” DFAT said in a statement on Wednesday.

Lonely Planet describes Ericeira as a picturesque beach town that’s popular with tourists from Lisbon and surfing enthusiasts who come for the Atlantic coast waves.

The Guardian reports it is not the first time tourists have fallen from the town’s wall.

This tragedy is the latest in a string of selfie-related deaths and injuries — in May, an Indian man was mauled to death after allegedly trying to take a selfie with a bear.

In January, another Indian man suffered head injuries after filming a selfie video of an approaching train, which hit him.

The Russian government was even forced to publish a guide for “safe selfies” after a string of selfie-related deaths in the country.