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Portugal traveling Perth couple plunge to their deaths taking perfect selfie

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Louise Benson and Michael Kearns
Pictured Michael Kearns and his girlfriend, Louise Benson who plunged to their deaths in Portugal while taking selfies.
Louise Benson and Michael Kearns
Pictured Michael Kearns and his girlfriend, Louise Benson who plunged to their deaths in Portugal while taking selfies.

Michael Kearns and Louise Benson, Perth couple fall to their deaths taking perfect selfie at Portugal’s Praia dos Pescadores beach in the resort town of Ericeira. Plunge 90 feet below. 

A couple vacationing in Portugal have plunged to their deaths while attempting to take a selfie at a popular tourist spot.

Killed was PerthAustralian man, Michael Kearns, 33 and his British girlfriend, Louise Benson, 37.

Local media reported the couple standing on a wall overlooking the picturesque Praia dos Pescadores beach in Ericeira early Tuesday, when their phone slipped.

From there it is thought the pair reached out to grab the cellphone only to lose their balance and fall 98 feet (30 meters) to the rocky beach below.

‘Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were trying to take a selfie,’ said Ruis Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service in Cascais port near Lisbon. ‘It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it’.

Michael Kearns and Louise Benson
Pictured, Michael Kearns and Louise Benson
Michael Kearns and Louise Benson
Michael Kearns and Louise Benson plunged to their deaths at Portugal’s Praia dos Pescadores beach in popular resort town, Ericeira.
Praia dos Pescadores beach
Pictured Praia dos Pescadores beach at the popular Portugese resort town of Ericeira.

Michael Kearns and Louise Benson, Perth couple had left Australia for a friend’s wedding in Portugal.

Journal de Noticias described the scene along the beach as a ‘horror scene’, with fishermen describing the couple’s bodies as ‘shattered’.

Notice of the tragedy came after a beach cleaner came upon the couple’s remains and alerted authorities.

Officials recovered a phone near the wall that they believe belonged to the pair.

Kearns, a fly-in, fly-out worker and recreational diver, had left Australia in January on vacation with Benson, and attended a friend’s wedding in Portugal in recent weeks, according to his mother. Both Kearns and Benson lived and worked out of Perth. 

Benson worked at a nonprofit that raises awareness about the destruction of wildlife in oceans, according to her Facebook. Authorities are in touch with both families reported the Australian.

Tourists have plunged from the wall before and locals have asked for security measures to be implemented reported the Telegraph UK. Not that will necessarily stop tourists seeking to stake the perfect selfie and social media validation….

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Louise Benson
Pictured, British woman, Louise Benson who plunged to her death with boyfriend, Michael Kearns- while taking a selfie overlooking a popular Portugal beach resort.