Newhaven Lifeboat recovers two bodies

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Newhaven Lifeboat went out to search for a casualty at the bottom of the cliffs between Splash Point, Seaford, and Cuckmere Haven on Tuesday September 10 and returned with two bodies.

The Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ was launched at 12.55pm to help HM Coastguard land based team in the search for a possible body recovery from the shoreline after concerned walkers had found clothing by the edge of the cliff.

The lifeboat began searching the isolated beaches and the waterline.

Due to the shallow water the lifeboat launched its daughter ‘Y’ boat which is a small inflatable boat.

The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee on Solent, call sign ‘Rescue 104’, joined both boats looking for the casualty.

Rescue 104, after being on scene for only a short time, identified a possible casualty close to Haven Brow, near Cuckmere.

The Y boat made ashore and began the task of recovering the casualty back to the lifeboat.

Whilst en route back to the lifeboat station, Rescue 104 then identified another casualty at the base of the cliffs between Cuckmere and Beachy Head.

Both bodies were brought to the boathouse and passed into the care of the coroner’s officers.

Second Coxswain, Lee Blacknell said: “These launches are always difficult for our crew and we treat the casualties with dignity and respect.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the persons recovered.”