Body recovered from cliffs at Seaford Head

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A body was recovered from cliffs at Seaford Head at the weekend after it was spotted by a kayaker.

They contacted the coastguard who got in touch with the Newhaven Lifeboat team who was out on its routine Sunday (September 22) morning training exercise.

The crew headed out at around 11am on the Newhaven’s Severn Class Lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ and launched its small inflatable boat and began searching the beaches and the waterline. The casualty was soon spotted and after being recovered was taken back to the main lifeboat.

It was thought that clothing found nearby was not that of the casualty and another search took place from Seaford Head towards Hope Gap for a second person. However, after a close search of the shoreline no other casualties were found.

The body was taken back to the boathouse and passed into the care of the coroner’s officers.

Coxswain Paul Legendre said, “This is always a difficult job for our volunteer crews who handle the tough task with the greatest of respect.”