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Australian couple on holiday in Portugal die after falling off wall

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  • A couple were taking the picture on a wall overlooking a popular tourist beach 
  • Police believe they dropped their phone and tried to get it back but lost balance 
  • Their bodies were found on Tuesday morning at Pescadores beach in Ericeira
  • The government is yet to confirm if it was the man or woman who was Australian

By Charlie Moore For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 18:32 EDT, 12 June 2018 | Updated: 23:16 EDT, 12 June 2018

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An Australian and a Briton have plunged to their deaths while apparently taking a selfie together at a beach in Portugal.

A man in his 40s and woman in her 30s were taking the picture on a 30-metre-high wall overlooking a popular tourist beach when they lost balance, police believe. 

A beach cleaner found the bodies on Tuesday morning at Pescadores beach in Ericeira, 30km from Lisbon. 

The couple are believed to have fallen between 1am and 6am.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that one Australian has died and that it has been in contact with the British Foreign Office.

It is not yet confirmed which of the couple was Australian and which was British.

Tragedy: A man in his 40s and woman in her 30s were taking a picture on a 30-metre high wall (pictured) overlooking a popular tourist beach when they lost balance, police believe
Tragedy: A man in his 40s and woman in her 30s were taking a picture on a 30-metre high wall (pictured) overlooking a popular tourist beach when they lost balance, police believe

Tragedy: A man in his 40s and woman in her 30s were taking a picture on a 30-metre high wall (pictured) overlooking a popular tourist beach when they lost balance, police believe

A beach cleaner found their bodies (pictured under covering) on Tuesday morning at Pescadores beach in Ericeira, 30km from Lisbon
A beach cleaner found their bodies (pictured under covering) on Tuesday morning at Pescadores beach in Ericeira, 30km from Lisbon

A beach cleaner found their bodies (pictured under covering) on Tuesday morning at Pescadores beach in Ericeira, 30km from Lisbon

An Australian couple have fallen to their deaths in Portugal while apparently taking a selfie. Pictured is the beach wall they well from
An Australian couple have fallen to their deaths in Portugal while apparently taking a selfie. Pictured is the beach wall they well from

An Australian couple have fallen to their deaths in Portugal while apparently taking a selfie. Pictured is the beach wall they well from

'Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie,' said Rui Pereira da Terra, head of the rescue service in Cascais port.

'It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it,' he added. 

Pescadores beach is ringed by cliffs and a 30-metre high wall covered in shrubs.

A DFAT spokesperson said it was '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. Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment.'

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for comment. 

The beach is at a surfing town on Portugal's western Atlantic Ocean coast.

It is a popular hotpot, with countless tourists uploading their pictures of the enormous wall on Instagram. 

Pescadores beach is ringed by cliffs and a 30-metre high wall covered in shrubs
Pescadores beach is ringed by cliffs and a 30-metre high wall covered in shrubs

Pescadores beach is ringed by cliffs and a 30-metre high wall covered in shrubs

The beach (pictured in an Instagram post) is at a surfing town on Portugal's western Atlantic Ocean coast
The beach (pictured in an Instagram post) is at a surfing town on Portugal's western Atlantic Ocean coast

The beach (pictured in an Instagram post) is at a surfing town on Portugal's western Atlantic Ocean coast

It is a popular hotpot, with countless tourists uploading their pictures of the enormous wall on Instagram
It is a popular hotpot, with countless tourists uploading their pictures of the enormous wall on Instagram

It is a popular hotpot, with countless tourists uploading their pictures of the enormous wall on Instagram

 

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