British woman falls to her death 'taking selfie' in Portugal

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

The couple who died after falling from a cliff in Portugal after reportedly taking a "selfie" have been identified as a Perth man and his English girlfriend.

Michael Kearns, 33, was holidaying with his partner Louise Benson, 37, before the pair were found dead on a popular surfing beach in Portugal.

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

The couple left Australia in January this year to go travelling and were in Portugal to attend a friend's wedding.

According to AFP, it is not the first time tourists have fallen from the high stone wall.

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In a chilling twist, Mr Kearns shared a photo of a glass of red wine on the beach with the exact 30-metre wall he would fall from just 24 hours before his death.

Speaking with the news agency Lusa, Rui Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service at the port of Cascais near the capital city, Lisbon, said that officials suspect the pair was taking a snap when they fell down the wall.

"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", he was quoted as saying.

Local newspaper Correio da Manhã reported that both were Australian nationals but the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was only providing assistance to the family of one Australian who died in Portugal.

The couple's bodies were taken to a medical centre while authorities contacted the Australian and British embassies in Lisbon. "Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment", a DFAT spokesperson said.

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