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A couple 'taking a selfie' at a cliff edge at Cabo da Roca, a popular spot for tourists in Portugal, fell hundreds of feet to their death. VPC

A couple taking a photo on the edge of a cliff died when they fell hundreds of feet while their young children watched, according to news reports.

The Polish couple died after falling from the rocky edge in Cabo da Roca in west Portugal. They were apparently taking a 'selfie' photo of themselves, according to NBC and others, though details of the events leading up to the fall were still hazy.

A local English language news site, the Portugal Resident, said the parents had given the children the camera to take a picture.

Their children, ages 5 and 6, were turned over to Polish diplomats and are undergoing psychiatric care.

The parents may have crossed a safety barrier in order to reach the cliff edge, the Daily Mail reported.

It happened Saturday but the rising tide prevent emergency crews from recovering the bodies until Sunday.

Monika Dulian, Poland's consul in Lisbon, said the family had lived in Portugal for several years, the Daily Mail reported.

The U.K.'s The Independent has some video of the Portuguese rescue operation.

The cliff edge at Portugal's most westerly point is a popular spot for tourists looking to photograph themselves "at the edge of Europe."

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