Man found dead at Birling Gap cliffs


Lifeboat crews were called to Birling Gap on Wednesday evening (August 13) after reports a man had fallen over the cliffs.

Newhaven’s Seven Class lifeboat RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland, was on a training exercise when it received the call at 7.15pm.

Paramedics attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

While lifeboat crews were on route, reports were received that a second person had also gone over the cliffs.

But crews said only one person was found.

A Lifeboats spokesman said: “As Newhaven lifeboat headed to the location at speed, three lifeboat crew were readied in dry suits and the inflatable Y boat was prepared ready for launch. First aid equipment was double checked and readied.

“As soon as the lifeboat arrived at the scene the Y boat was immediately launched

with three crew complete with full First Aid equipment. The Y boat made its way close to shore through the choppy conditions.

“At this time the Police Helicopter and then Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 104 arrived along with land ambulances. The Y boat was then asked to hold a position off


“Shortly afterwards at approximately 8pm it was confirmed that land based paramedics were with the casualty and the Y boat returned to the main lifeboat, which was then stood down and returned to station.

“Although it was reported that there were two casualties, there was only the one who was sadly deceased.”