“This is always a difficult job for our volunteer crews who handle the tough task with the greatest of respect,” said deputy second coxswain Phill Corsi after the crew of Newhaven Lifeboat was called to a person at the base of the cliffs who was later confirmed dead at the scene.
The Severn Class lifeboat RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland was tasked to the cliffs at 4.58pm on Wednesday March 12.
At this stage the condition of the person was unknown.
By the time the lifeboat arrived south of the cliffsa, which was 1,500 metres to the east of the River Cuckmere, the Coastguard and paramedics were with the person who was confirmed dead.
Newhaven lifeboat launched its small inflatable ‘Y’ boat with three crew, who made their way over to the Coastguard and paramedics.
They then went ashore and recovered the deceased, who was taken back to the main lifeboat.
The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.
The deceased person was taken back to the boathouse and passed into the care of the coroners officers.
Newhaven Lifeboat was again ready for service at 6.50pm.
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