Two women found dead at bottom of Sussex cliffs ‘knew each other’

The bodies of two women who were tragically found at the bottom of cliffs in Sussex ‘knew each other’, police have said

The women were discovered at the bottom of Rushey Hill in Peacehaven on Monday (May 18), prompting a large multi-agency emergency response.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “We were alerted to an unattended bag at the cliff top and a search, assisted by HM Coastguard and RNLI crews, was conducted.

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“Sadly the bodies of two women, aged 39 and 49, were discovered in the vicinity of one another.

Emergency services responding to the tragic incident in Peacehaven

“The women were known to each other and their deaths are not being treated as suspicious.

“The matter has been passed to the Coroner’s Officer and next of kin have been informed.”

Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Team, Newhaven RNLI, and a HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter scrambled to the scene of the tragic incident.

A HM Coastguard spokesman said: “HM Coastguard has this morning been assisting Sussex Police with an incident at Rushy Hill, Peacehaven.

HM Coastguard

“Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Team, Newhaven RNLI Lifeboat and the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lydd were sent.”

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Tributes have poured in on social media for the two women, who have not yet been formally identified by the police.

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The scene of the incident at Rushey Hill in Peacehaven

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