Couple fall 90ft to their deaths while taking selfie on holiday
Numerous people lose their lives in a bid to capture that perfect selfie at dangerous spots every year. In a recent incident, a couple holidaying at a popular surfing beach in Portugal fell to their death while taking a selfie.
Michael Kearns, 33, had been holidaying with his partner Louise Benson, 37, and left Australia in January to travel the world and had attended a friend's wedding in Portugal just weeks before their death. A beach cleaner found their bodies in the sand beside a mobile phone down the cliff at Pescadores beach in Ericeira on Tuesday morning.
It is reported that the couple fell between 1:00 am and 6:00 am on Tuesday local time after they lost their balance, according to Daily Mail report. "Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie. It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it," said Rui Pereira da Terra, head of the rescue service in Cascais port.
Kearns was a part-time worker at an energy company in the Pilbara region of Western Australia while Benson, who was originally from Bristol, was a keen diver like Kearns. Benson regularly shared photos on social media of her overseas journey including snaps of a dive the pair enjoyed in Sri Lanka in February.
The beach is at a surfing town on Portugal's western Atlantic Ocean coast. It is a popular spot and countless tourists upload their pictures of the enormous wall on social media.
Benson's friends posted emotional tributes online following her death, with one posting online: "It can be such a cruel world we live in, RIP Louise Benson yet again another great soul (taken) away from us far too early."