A BRITISH woman and an Australian man who died after they fell 100ft off a beach wall while taking selfies in Portugal have been named as Louise Benson and her partner Michael Kearns.
The pair, who lived in Perth, were taking pictures from a street overlooking the beach when they lost their balance and fell, local media reported.
Facebook British woman Louise Benson, above, died after plunging from a beach wall with her partner Michael Kearns
The incident reportedly happened early Tuesday morning at Pescadores beach in the coastal town of Ericeira, a popular surfing spot about 30 kilometres from Lisbon.
The bodies of Ms Benson, 37, and Mr Kearns, 33, were found in the sand by a beach cleaner, according to local media.
The couple had been travelling on a five-month holiday before the accident, according to 9News.
Ms Benson posted a photo to social media just a day before their deaths showing Fisherman’s Point in the background – the cliff from which the couple fell.
Facebook Michael Kearns, above, was originally from Perth, Australia, where he lived with British partner Louise
Facebook Louise Benson posted a clip to social media just a day before their deaths showing the beach wall where they fell
The Portuguese Lusa News Agency reported the couple was a woman aged in her 30s and a man in his 40s
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, according to PerthNow.
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.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) told news.com.au it was in contact with British authorities regarding the other person who died.
DFAT said it was providing support for the victims’ families.
“The Department has been in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the other person who died in the incident,” a DFAT spokeswoman said.
Cops have sealed off the beach at Pescadores beach in the coastal town of Ericeira
The location of the horror incident
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and are providing support to her family.”
Rui Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service in Cascais port, near Lisbon, said it appeared the couple was taking a selfie when the tragedy happened.
Emergency workers found a mobile phone on the wall where they were understood to have lost their balance.
“Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie… It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it,” he told AFP.
The pair plunged 100ft from the beach wall,it has been reported
Emergency workers found a mobile phone on the wall where they were understood to have lost their balance
Getty – Contributor The fishing town of Ericeira is a popular spot for surfers and holidaymakers, and is renowned for its seafood restaurants and nightlife