Trying to take a selfie could be a dangerous affair as British – Australian couple found out yesterday after falling to death in Portugal after apparently losing their balance on 40 meter high wall.
Fisherman had found the bodies on the beach and had thought that they were sleeping first (unfortunately not the case).
Pescadores descrevem cenário de horror em praia da Ericeira https://t.co/r3d378D3EN
— B Ahrens Teixeira (@AT_Bernardo) June 13, 2018
Here’s an excerpt from the Guardian (access their piece here):
Rui Pereira da Terra, the head of the rescue service in Cascais port near Lisbon, told the news agency Lusa that officials suspected the man and woman had been taking a selfie on a wall above the beach when they fell.
“Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie,” he said.
“Since we found a mobile phone on the wall, everything suggests the victims might have been taking a selfie, when they allowed the phone to fall, leaned over to grab it and fell,” he was quoted as saying.
“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.”
When you travel in Europe and other parts of the old world, you have to pay attention to your surroundings.
You don’t always (or usually) have (high enough) handrails or other safety measurements in place to prevent accidents like this from happening.