Stay away from cliffs, warns Newhaven Lifeboat

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People were being warned by Newhaven Lifeboat crew to stay away from the cliff edge after a person was thought to have jumped or slipped.

The extremely wet weather during winter has rendered the cliffs unstable, with numerous cliff falls reported in the area.

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland was launched on Saturday March 22 at 10.30pm by Solent Coastguard after reports of a person who may have jumped from Seaford Head.

It was reported that a member of the public had seen someone close to the edge of Seaford Head. They turned away and then turned back only moments later, the person had gone.

Fearing someone had either slipped or jumped, the Coastguard were immediately alerted.

The volunteer crew headed to the base of the cliffs.

Working in conjunction with Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Newhaven’s Coastguard team, HM Coastguard helicopter Rescue 104 and Air Ambulance Heli-med 60 a comprehensive search of the shoreline and base of the cliffs.

After almost an hour of searching nothing was found and emergency services were stood down.

The lifeboat returned to the station and was ready for service at 12 noon.

Newhaven Lifeboat Coxswain Paul Legendre said: “The cliffs pose a significant hazard at the moment with the edges being very unstable.

“We are grateful that on this occasion it was a call made with the best of intentions with no one found.”