Australian dies in Portugal 'selfie' fall

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                    Pescadores beach in Ericeira Portugal

The man and woman reportedly lost their balance while taking photographs of themselves overlooking the coastal town of Ericeria, 30 kilometres from Lisbon, where they fell roughly 30 metres to their death, according to local media.

A couple said to be from Australia and the United Kingdom were presumably taking a picture on a 30-meter-high wall overlooking a picturesque beach when they allegedly lost their balance and fell off a cliff in Portugal.

Authorities in Portugal are investigating whether they'd been taking a "selfie" after a mobile phone was found at the bottom of the cliff.

It is unclear which of the pair is an Australian citizen.

Portuguese news reported the couple was a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s.

He said: "Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie".

Another newspaper, the Jornal de Notícias, said fishermen had discovered a "horror scene" when they came across the bodies about 6.30am.

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A DFAT spokesperson confirmed it was providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Portugal.

Ericeria is a fishing and surfing town on Portugal's western Atlantic Ocean coast, 50km north-west of capital Lisbon.

This isn't the first time tourists have fallen off from the wall.

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

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

Local media reported the pair were both Australian, however, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said one Australian had died, and the department had been in contact with its British counterpart over the second death.

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