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Ericeira beach death plunge victims were Australian and British

INEM125The identity of a foreign couple, who fell down a cliff face in onto the beach in Ericeira on Tuesday, has been revealed.

The tourists fell from a height of 30 meters when they were taking a ‘selfie.’

Michael Kearns, a 33-year-old Australian man, was on holiday with his girlfriend, Louise Benson, a 37-year-old British woman, when they plunged over the low wall above Ericeira beach in Mafra.

“Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie,” said Rui Pereira da Terra, head of the rescue service in Cascais port.

“It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it,” he added, offering no evidence to support this view.

The couple had left Australia in January for a trip around the world and had been to a friend's wedding in Portugal a few weeks ago.

The two bodies were found on Tuesday morning.

Jornal de Notícias, said fishermen had discovered a “horror scene” when they came across the bodies at about 6.30am.

“At first the fishermen thought the corpses, from far away, might be people sleeping on the beach,” the newspaper said. “Only when they got closer did they realise that it was a dead couple and they were shocked with what they saw.”






0 #3 Denby 2018-06-18 16:15
From what I have read in national newspapers, this unfortunate couple where found the next morning by fishermen, if there were witnesses to this terrible accident, why did they not contact the emergency services ! !
+2 #2 Elsa 2018-06-17 12:32
It is always sad to hear of the parents asking to know more about how their (foreigner) children died or went missing in Portugal. We hope they find closure through further answers but do not expect it. Australians in Portugal will be familiar by now with the British (Empire's) Ultimatum to Portugal in 1890 and thereby their unintentional involvement in it. So explaining much of the bad treatment they have suffered out here. They will also remember the unexplained 2008 fate of their countrywoman Jacinta Rees.
As from the http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/family-claim-australian-woman-murdered-at-algarve-home-police-say-suicide/4397 - Local police concluded the death was a suicide, despite an autopsy in Australia finding later she died of extensive injuries caused by repeated blows with an axe and evidence of defensive wounds on her arms and legs.
Certainly there is little experience of effective autopsies in Portugal. The last thing one of Salazar's Secret Police Death Squads would have wanted is anyone doing an autopsy on one of their thousands of 'results'.
+1 #1 Dave Williams 2018-06-17 07:26
As with the McCann's and their missing Madeleine and a thousand other similar mystery crimes that need quick and extensive interviewing - today's Sunday Mail tells us - four days later - that vital witnesses STILL have not been interviewed by Portuguese Police. A bar owner and a local man. Groups that they socialised and ate with in the hours before. None. The Police happily concluding this couple were bizarrely taking a selfie in the darkness and during rainfall. The couple falling over the wall - the phone falling with them. Not a moments thought that this may have been a violent mugging for the phone and a struggle as the Brit woman still had a clump of someone's hair in her hands.
Is it only because of Pink Mapping and that these are all English speakers? Or can anyone add anything relevant to these reasons for the mystery deaths non-investigation?