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Couple falls to their death while trying to take a selfie in Portugal

File photo of Cabo de Roca courtesy of Andrey Belenko/Flickr Creative Commons

File photo of Cabo de Roca courtesy of Andrey Belenko/Flickr Creative Commons

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:52 PM - A Polish couple is dead after trying to take a 'selfie' while on a family vacation at the picturesque cliffs of Cabo de Roca in Portugal.

According to local investigators, the man and woman went beyond a barrier that prevents tourists from reaching the edge of the famed cliffs, which are located not far from the capital and largest city of Lisbon. The couple was on holiday with their two children, who were also present at the cliffs when the accident happened. The children are now reportedly in the care of Polish diplomats.

The two apparently slipped Saturday while trying to take a selfie, described as a self-portrait that is often uploaded to social media networks.

Rescue efforts were initially hampered due to bad weather. Authorities were able to recover the bodies Sunday.

The most western point in Europe, Cabo de Roca provides a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean.

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This isn't the first time the online craze of selfies has put personal safety at risk.

In July, organizers of the Tour de France issued warnings after social-media crazed spectators started running out into the middle of the road to take selfies, putting the riders in danger. Prior to that, a Regina man was allegedly kicked in the head while trying to take a selfie in front of a moving train in Peru.

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