The couple who died after falling from a cliff in Portugal after reportedly taking a “selfie” have been identified as a Perth man and his English girlfriend.
Michael Kearns, 33, and his 37-year-old partner Louise Benson are believed to have died early on Tuesday local time after falling from a cliff in the popular tourist town of Ericeira, about 35 kilometres north of Lisbon.
Authorities in Portugal are investigating whether they’d been taking a “selfie” after a mobile phone was found at the bottom of the cliff.
The bodies were reportedly discovered below at Pescadores Beach by a council worker and later transported to Lisbon’s National Legal Medicine Institute.
The couple left Australia in January this year to go travelling and were in Portugal to attend a friend’s wedding.
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Mr Kearns was a FIFO worker on Chevron’s Wheatstone project in the Pilbara, and they were both keen divers, particularly Ms Benson.
Pescadores Beach, which translates to Fisherman’s Beach, is ringed by cliffs and a wall of up to 40m high.
Local authorities say they fell from a cliff around 30 metres high.
Family were notified in the early hours of Wednesday morning and are planning to travel to Portugal as soon as possible.