Portugal cliff fall victims named as #Perth man Michael Kearns and partner Louise Benson

Perth man Michael Kearns, 33, and his British partner Louise Benson stand in a park posing for a photo and smiling.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, have been identified as the couple who plunged more than 30 metres to their deaths between 1:00am and 6:00am on Tuesday 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,” Mr Kearns’ mother Kathy posted on Facebook, alongside a photo of the couple.

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

Local rescue service captain Rui Pereira da Terra told Portuguese news agency Lusa how 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.

via Portugal cliff fall victims named as Perth man Michael Kearns and partner Louise Benson – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)