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Aussie dies while taking selfie in Portugal

At least one Australian has died at a seaside town in Portugal after falling from a cliff.


Ericeira (Image Getty)


According to local media, a man and a woman were taking selfies overlooking the beach in the town of Ericeira when they lost their balance and fell to their death, SBS reported.


Although initial reports claimed it was an Australian couple, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said it was providing consular assistance to the family of only one Australian who died.


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


Two bodies were recovered early on Tuesday (local time).


Speaking to AFP, Cascais port rescue service boss Rui Pereira da Terra said, “everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie”.



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


A popular surfing and fishing town, Ericeira is located around 35 kilometres north-west of capital Lisbon.


It is apparently not the first time tourists have fallen off the 40-metre high walls that ring its beach.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 13 June 2018

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