PHOTOS: Emergency services in major operation after body found on Peacehaven beach

The coastguard helicopter at the scene
The coastguard helicopter at the scene

Emergency services including a coastguard helicopter have been involved in a major recovery operation at Peacehaven beach today (Saturday).

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.

Emergency services at the scene

Emergency services at the scene

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.

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

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

The coastguard helicopter

The coastguard helicopter

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

No further information is available at this point.

Rescue teams on site

Rescue teams on site