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Selfie blamed in falling deaths of 2 tourists in Portugal

LISBON — Two tourists, one from Britain and one from Australia, plunged to their deaths in a coastal town while reportedly taking selfies from a wall overlooking the beach, authorities in Portugal said.

The Correio da Manha newspaper reported Tuesday that the tourists’ bodies were found on a beach in Ericera, about 25 miles north of Lisbon, along with cellphones, wallets, and other possessions.

Rui Pereira da Terra, a captain with the local naval authority, told broadcaster TVI that authorities believe the couple fell when trying to recover a phone or while trying to take photos on the 90-foot-high wall.

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Australia’s foreign affairs department said Wednesday that consular authorities were assisting the family of the Australian victim and coordinating with British authorities about the second person.

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