Perth man identified as Portugal ‘selfie’ fall victim

  • Perth man identified as Portugal ‘selfie’ fall victim

Perth man identified as Portugal ‘selfie’ fall victim

The captain of the port of Cascais, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon, said he believed the couple fell while trying to take a selfie.

The devastated mother of a Perth man who fell 30m to his death from a cliff will travel to Portugal to make arrangements to bring home her son's body.

The pair's bodies were found on Praia dos Pescadores beach, also known as the Fishermans Beach, by cleaners on Tuesday morning local time.

The couple left Australia in January this year to go travelling and were in Portugal to attend a friend's wedding.

Tourists have plunged from the wall before and locals have asked for security measures to be implemented, according to the Telegraph UK.

Cops have sealed off the beach while investigations continue into exactly what happened.

"Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie", rescue service official Rui Pereira da Terra said.

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.

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

Meanwhile, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has stated that it was in touch with local authorities "following the death of a British woman in Portugal and stand ready to provide support to her family".

An Australian appeared to have been taking photos with a British tourist when the pair fell down the cliff at Pescadores Beach in Ericeira and died, the National Maritime Authority told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The beach is a popular resort with surfers on the south coast of the Algarve.