British and Australian tourists die in Portugal 'fall'

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

An Australian couple have fallen to their death from a wall overlooking a popular tourist beach in Portugal, apparently losing their balance after taking a selfie.

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

They were found early on Tuesday morning by a worker cleaning the beach at the resort, which is popular with surfers.

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.

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

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.

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Rui Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service in Cascais port near Lisbon, told the news agency Lusa that officials suspected the man and woman had been posing on a wall above the beach when they fell.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it is providing consular assistance to the family and is in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Australian Embassy in Lisbon has been notified of the deaths. "Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment", a DFAT spokesperson said.

"The Department has been in contact with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the other person who died in the incident", the spokesperson said.

Praia dos Pescadores, or Fishermans Beach, is surrounded by cliffs and a 40-metre high wall.

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

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