BFF-79 Selfie-taking Australian couple fall to death in Portugal

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Selfie-taking Australian couple fall to death in Portugal

LISBON, June 12, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – An Australian couple fell to their
death from a wall overlooking a popular tourist beach in Portugal, apparently
losing their balance after taking a selfie, a port official said Tuesday.

“Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were
probably trying to take a selfie,” Rui Pereira da Terra, head of the rescue
service in Cascais port near Lisbon, told AFP.

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

The fatal accident happened in the coastal town of Ericeira, a popular
surfing spot 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the Portuguese capital.

The beach is ringed by cliffs and a 40-metre high wall.

It was not the first time that tourists had fallen off the wall.

BSS/AFP/MRI/2310 hrs