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Women found dead at bottom of 160ft Sussex cliffs ‘jumped together in suicide pact

Two women, 39 and 49, who ‘jumped together from 160ft cliff in suicide pact’ were found dead on rocks after passer-by spotted unattended bag on clifftop

  • Police said the two women that were found have not yet been formally identified
  • Lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter scrambled to the cliffs near Peacehaven
  • But the women were declared dead at the scene, according to Sussex Police
  • For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123, visit a local branch or go to the website www.samaritans.org

Two women found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Sussex jumped together in a suicide pact, local reports suggest.

Police investigating the incident have confirmed the two women were ‘known to each other’.  

The bodies were recovered after lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter were scrambled to the cliffs near the popular seaside resort of Peacehaven yesterday.

The two women – who are not believed to be from the local area – have not been formally identified.

Residents say the women are thought to have leapt together as part of a pact. 

Two women found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Sussex jumped together in a suicide pact, local reports suggest. Pictured: Rescue crews on top of the cliff

The two women - who are not believed to be from the local area - have not been formally identified. Pictured: Rescue crews at the scene

The two women – who are not believed to be from the local area – have not been formally identified. Pictured: Rescue crews at the scene

One resident said: 'It's absolutely tragic. It is thought they jumped together and were found on the beach below.' Pictured: Emergency services at the scene

One resident said: ‘It’s absolutely tragic. It is thought they jumped together and were found on the beach below.’ Pictured: Emergency services at the scene

Flowers were left at the scene today in tribute to the two women who died yesterday

Flowers were left at the scene today in tribute to the two women who died yesterday

The area along the south coast is near Beachy Head.

One resident said: ‘It’s absolutely tragic. It is thought they jumped together and were found on the beach below.

‘My heart goes out to their families. I just hope it wasn’t related to coronavirus, like they’d been bereaved or something.’ 

The women were declared dead at the scene, Sussex Police said. A spokesman confirmed the bodies had been recovered from the cliffs yesterday.

The bodies were recovered after lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter (pictured) were scrambled to the cliffs near the popular seaside resort of Peacehaven yesterday

The bodies were recovered after lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter (pictured) were scrambled to the cliffs near the popular seaside resort of Peacehaven yesterday 

The women were declared dead at the scene, Sussex Police said. A spokesman confirmed the bodies had been recovered from the cliffs

The women were declared dead at the scene, Sussex Police said. A spokesman confirmed the bodies had been recovered from the cliffs

Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter were scrambled to the cliffs near the popular seaside resort of Peacehaven yesterday

Lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter were scrambled to the cliffs near the popular seaside resort of Peacehaven yesterday

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

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

‘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.’

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123, visit a local branch or go to the website www.samaritans.org 

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