Tourists see man die in cliff fall
Yahoo news: Yesterday, 12:37 pm
Tourists watched a man fall 300 feet to his death after he posed for a photograph holding on to a cliff by a tuft of grass, coastguards have said. The 39-year-old Polish man tumbled down the sheer cliff face, landing at the bottom in bushes at Seaton in Devon at about 3pm on Sunday.
Maddy Davey, Portland coastguard watch manager, said: "The 39-year-old Polish man was posing for a photograph whilst holding on to a tuft of grass at the top of the cliffs.
"The grass gave way and he was seen by some tourists on scene to fall down the sheer face of the cliffs and land in bushes at the bottom. It was the middle of the day. All the tourists were there, people along the cliff path, who witnessed it."
A police spokesman said the man was travelling with a Polish group.
He said the death "appeared to be a tragic accident" and the man's next of kin in Poland have yet to be informed.
The death follows that of another man, thought to be Russian, who fell from cliffs as he walked with friends at Capel-le-Ferne near Folkestone, Kent, at around 1.30pm on Sunday.
The man's body was recovered near the base of the cliff at around 4.45pm and he was pronounced dead, a spokesman for Dover Coastguard said. The spokesman said the cliff where the man fell was a sheer drop of around 300ft in an area that is popular with walkers.
A Kent Police spokeswoman said the fall was being treated as an accident and the coroner has been informed.[/b]