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PICTURES AND VIDEO: Investigation after man dies in Newquay cliff plunge

By Jon_Bayley  |  Posted: June 08, 2013

  • The scene of the incident in Newquay

  • Emergency services at the scene. PIC: Terry Barnecutt

  • Emergency services at the scene. PIC: Terry Barnecutt

  • Emergency services at the scene. PIC: Terry Barnecutt

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A man has died after a car plunged 100ft off a cliff in Cornwall.

Officers were alerted early yesterday after the vehicle was seen going over the cliff, near the Atlantic Hotel and Tea Caverns in Newquay.

The white hatchback plunged on to rocks just above the water line.

A cordon was put in place while emergency services attempted to retrieve the driver, who was the only person in the vehicle. He was declared dead at the scene.

Matt Pavitt, HM Coastguard regional operations manager for North Cornwall, said rescuers responded at 7.30am after receiving numerous 999 calls.

He said: "These calls also went to colleagues at fire and rescue, Newquay lifeboats, coastguard units from Padstow and Newquay, a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, along with ambulance and police units attending the scene.

"We very quickly managed to get someone down to the vehicle using our rope rescue equipment and established the fact that the person in the vehicle was deceased.

"From that point onwards we have been assisting our colleagues at the police with a search and recovery operation."

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "This was an isolated incident and there don't appear to be any suspicious circumstances at this time.

"No other vehicles were involved and there were no other casualties.

"We do not know whether there was a medical episode, a mechanical failure of some kind or if this was a deliberate act by the driver."

The body was recovered from the scene and taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske, Truro. Police have asked witnesses to call 101.

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  • scannerman  |  June 08 2013, 2:57AM

    and where is the video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Ginger_Al  |  June 07 2013, 1:28PM

    You have missed Newquay Coastguard team out of your news article.

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