Couple in tragic fatal cliff fall in Portugal identified

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 couple have been identified as Michael Kearns, 33, and his 37-year-old partner Louise Benson. Source: 7 News
The couple died after falling from a cliff in the popular tourist town of Ericeira, about 35 kilometres north of Lisbon. Source: Getty

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.

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.

It’s understood the couple may have been taking selfies after a phone was found at the bottom of the cliff. Source: 7 News

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.