Man Dead In Portugal Selfie Accident Was Perth FIFO Worker

He was on "trip of a lifetime"

14 June 2018

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The mother of a Perth man who died with his English girlfriend when they fell from a beach cliff in Portugal has told friends of the "tragic accident" which claimed the couple's lives.

Michael Kearns, 33, and Louise Benson, also aged in her 30s, were named by media on Thursday as the couple who plunged more than 30 metres to their deaths between 1am and 6am on Tuesday (local time) after falling from a beach wall in the seaside town of Ericeira.

"It is with a heavy heart I have to announce that Michael and Louise were taken from us in a tragic accident in Portugal," Kathy Kearns posted on Facebook, alongside a photo of the couple, on Wednesday.

"Will be greatly missed by all of us who love them."

Local rescue service captain Rui Pereira da Terra told Portuguese news agency Lusa a mobile phone was found resting on the wall, suggesting a fatal photography mishap.

"It seems that (the victims) might be getting a 'selfie', when they let the phone fall, leaned over to grab it and fell," he was quoted as saying.

Mr Kearns' mother will travel to Portugal as soon as possible to bring her son's body home, according to PerthNow.

The couple left Australia in January on holiday and had gone to a friend's wedding in Portugal recently, the website reported.


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