Coastguards recover body from Beachy Head

The helicopter is pictured at Beachy Head during the recovery operation

The helicopter is pictured at Beachy Head during the recovery operation

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THE BODY of a man was recovered from the foot of Beachy Head on Friday afternoon.

A member of the public saw the man disappear over the cliffs opposite the lighthouse at 3.40pm and called Dover Coastguard.

The Eastbourne coastguards and lifeboat crew rushed to the scene and the Coastguard helicopter was also scrambled.

Both of Eastbourne’s lifeboats were launched but an RNLI spokesperson said the sea was so rough it made getting ashore for the lifeboat crew unnecessarily hazardous and a decision was made to wait for the helicopter.

A winchman was lowered down the cliff from the helicopter to recover the body.

The helicopter then landed at the clifftop and the man’s body was passed to the care of the coroner’s officer.

A body was also found on the beach below Belle Tout Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon.

Members of both the Eastbourne and Birling Gap coastguards were called out and a stretcher was lowered to coastguards on the beach.

The man’s body was winched up the cliff and into the care of the coroner’s officer.