EASTBOURNE Coastguards discovered two bodies and two Second World War bombs at the foot of Beachy Head over the weekend.
The first incident occurred last Saturday morningwhen Eastbourne coastguards were asked to search the Beachy Head area following the discovery of a car at the cliff top.
A Louise Heinink, 42, of Long Crendon, Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, was found on the beach in the Shooters Bottom area of Beachy Head.
The coastguards requested the RNLI inshore lifeboat to collect a coastguard and police officer at Holywell and transfer them to the scene.
The lifeboat crews, coastguard and police officer then assisted with the recovery of Ms Heinink’s body which was transferred to the lifeboat station and passed in to the care of the police.
While recovering the body on Saturday, the coastguard found two pieces of World War Two ordnance on the cliff edge at Shooters Bottom.
Stuart McNab, Eastbourne coastguard officer, said, “We took some photos and passed this on to Dover Coastguard and the police. Royal Logistics Bomb Disposal were then organised to attend the next morning.
“As these were right on the cliff edge coastguards assisted the bomb disposal team with harnesses so they could safely remove the items from the cliff edge on Sunday morning.”
The two four-foot shells were removed by bomb disposal experts and considered safe for transporting.
They were then taken to Folkestone where they will be safely disposed of.
The second body was seen to go over the cliffs by coastguard officers who had been called again to search for a missing person at Beachy Head.
While at the cliff top near the lighthouse, they saw a man go over the cliff.
The coastguard helicopter was in the area and was tasked to deal with the incident.
The helicopter recovered the body of a man from the beach and landed him at the cliff top where he was passed into the care of the police.
The man’s body has not yet been formally identified.
Mr McNab said, “It was a busy weekend, but excellent team work between all the services ensured that the operations were completed safely and effectively.”