COUNTY NEWS: Major operation after body found on Sussex beach

Emergency services including a coastguard helicopter have been involved in a major recovery operation after a body was discovered on a beach today (Saturday).

The coastguard helicopter
The coastguard helicopter

Police, ambulances, and the Newhaven and Birling Gap coastguard were called to the scene at around 11.20am, to reports of a body at the bottom of cliffs.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said sadly the body of a male was found. They added that officers were working with the coastguard to recover the body.

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The incident is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner’s officer has been informed.

A member of the coastguard rescue team was injured and airlifted to safety

A coastguard rescue officer suffered a minor injury in the process and had to be winched to safety in the coastguard helicopter.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said he was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Rescue teams on site