Body found at cliffs on busy morning for RNLI

Both Eastbourne lifeboats were called out to two separate incidents on Saturday morning.
Both Eastbourne lifeboats were called out to two separate incidents on Saturday morning.

A body was retrieved from the bottom of Beachy Head cliffs on Saturday morning as both RNLI Eastbourne lifeboats were called into action tasked with two separate incidents.

On Friday, the cliff rescue team conducted a thorough search of the beaches below Beachy Head and the surrounding area after reports of an abandoned car at the famous beauty spot, but no-one was found.

However, the casualty was later spotted from the cliff top early Saturday morning and was brought back to shore by the inshore lifeboat (ILB) shortly afterwards.

While the volunteer crew were dealing with that incident, Dover Coastguard was receiving many calls from members of the public about two kayakers in the water near Eastbourne pier.

With the ILB already in use, the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched to this latest incident.

Upon arrival, it was discovered one of the kayakers was back on-board the craft and attempting to paddle while his companion was still clinging on to the kayak.

The kayaker in the water was recovered to the safety of the ALB where, despite being in the water for more than 30 minutes, it was deemed by the lifeboat paramedic that he would not need any further medical attention.

The ALB stood by while the kayak returned to the beach, where it was met by mobile coastguard officers, before returning to Sovereign Harbour.