Two deaths not being linked

TWO bodies were recovered from the foot of cliffs at Beachy Head on Tuesday.

Coastguards and Eastbourne’s lifeboat crews were called to both incidents, which police say are not related.

Emergency crews were first called to Beachy Head at 11am on Tuesday after a woman was seen to fall from cliffs near Belle Tout Lighthouse.

Coastguards found the woman’s body in the water and it drifted on to the beach. The Eastbourne inshore lifeboat recovered the body, took it back to the Lifeboat Station and passed it over to the coroner’s officer.

The woman has not yet been identified but she is thought to be a 63-year-old who lived in Eastbourne.

On Tuesday at 5.06pm a group of walkers saw a man disappear near the edge of the cliffs near the Beachy Head Lighthouse and called emergency services. The body of a man was seen on a ledge 300 feet down the cliff face and coastguard Tony Brinnand was lowered down the cliff to bring the body up to the cliff top before passing it over to the coroner’s officer.

The man is believed to have been in his 50s and was from Hampshire.

A spokesperson at Sussex Police said, “It is not believed the two incidents are related and the coroner has been informed.”