Selfie-taking Australian falls to death in Portugal

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                    Pescadores beach in Ericeira Portugal

The Australians appeared to have been taking photos when they fell down the cliff at Pescadores Beach in Ericeira, the National Maritime Authority told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

A man and a woman were standing on a wall overlooking a beach in the coastal town of Ericera when they lost their balance and fell to their deaths.

It's believed the couple were attempting to take a selfie when they fell off a cliff in the coastal town of Ericeira.

The man is thought to be in his 40s while the woman is said to be in her 30s.

The pair's bodies were found on Praia dos Pescadores beach, also known as the Fishermans Beach, by cleaners on Tuesday morning local time.

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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", he was quoted as saying.

The Australian Embassy in Lisbon has been notified of the deaths.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said it 'is providing consular assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, 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".

Another newspaper, the Jornal de Notícias, said fishermen had discovered a "horror scene" when they came across the bodies about 6.30am.

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