Rescuers trying to recover body from cliff plunge car at Beachy Head

CAR OVER BEACHY HEAD TODAY-WENT OVER ABOUT 2PM -POLICE FIRE COASTGUARD AT SCENE -TREATED AS A CRIME SCENE AT THE MOMENT
CAR OVER BEACHY HEAD TODAY-WENT OVER ABOUT 2PM -POLICE FIRE COASTGUARD AT SCENE -TREATED AS A CRIME SCENE AT THE MOMENT

Emergency services are still trying to recover a body from a car which plunged 450 feet over cliffs at Eastbourne yesterday (Wednesday).

Because of the rising tide, firefighters with specialist cutting equipment and lifeboat volunteers were unable to retrieve the man’s body from the car which landed on the beach below Beachy Head, but the rescue operation was launched again this morning.

A spokesperson at Sussex Police said, “Police were called at 2.02pm on Wednesday to a report of a car seen over Beachy Head.

“The vehicle was quickly located by the police and an extensive operation to recover it was launched together with the Coastguard and the fire service. Due to its position and the incoming tide this was unable to take place last night and work is on-going this morning.

“It is believed that one male body is inside the car. Initial indications are that the death is not suspicious and enquiries are continuing in relation to identification.”