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Praia dos Pescadores: Couple fell to death during selfies in Portugal

Louise Benson and her Australian partner Michael Kearns, who lived in Perth, were taking pictures on their Portugal holiday when the horror struck.

They had been taking pictures from a beach wall overlooking the sea at Pescadores beach when they reportedly lost their balance and plummeted to their deaths.

The tragic incident took place in the coastal town of Ericeira, a popular surfing spot about 30 kilometres from Lisbon.

Louise Benson and Michael KearnsGETTY/FACEBOOK

TRAGIC: The couple had been on holiday in Portugal when the horror struck

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SCENE OF TRAGEDY: Pescadores beach where the horror struck

Louise BensonFACEBOOK

MISSED: Tributes are pouring in for Bristol born Louise Benson

The bodies of Ms Benson, 37, and Mr Kearns, 33, were found in the sand by a beach cleaner, according to local media.

The couple had been travelling on a five-month holiday before the accident, according to 9News.

Ms Benson, believed to have been originally from Bristol, 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.

Michael KearnsFACEBOOK

TRAVELLING: The pair had been on a five-month-long holiday

Louise Benson FACEBOOK

DOWN UNDER: The couple were living in Perth, Australia

Paying tribute to Ms Benson online, one friend said: “It’s can be such a cruel world we live in… Yet again another great soul took away from us far too early.”

Another said: “RIP Michael Kearns, I can’t believe this has happened to such a great guy. Life is so short.”

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and are providing support to her family.”

Michael KearnsFACEBOOK

SIGHTSEEING: Pictures of the pair show they enjoyed travelling the world together

Michael KearnsFACEBOOK

ADVENTUROUS: The pair took in many sights during their travels

Rui Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service in Cascais port, near Lisbon, said it appeared the couple was taking a selfie when the tragedy happened.

Emergency workers found a mobile phone on the wall where they were understood to have lost their balance.

“Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie,” he told AFP.

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

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