Appeal to Yorkshire coast walkers following cliff fall death

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for walkers who were in the Kettleness and Runswick Bay area on Friday 18 July, to contact them as part of an investigation into the death of a man who fell from a cliff.

North Yorkshire Police were called on Friday 18 July 2014, to reports that a climber had fallen from a cliff at Kettleness Point near Runswick Bay .

The injured man, was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough where he was sadly pronounced dead.

North Yorkshire Police are carrying out a full investigation into the incident to determine the exact circumstances which led to the man falling to his death.

As part of those enquiries, officers are appealing to walkers and anyone else who was in the area between 10.30am and 1pm to contact them. The area is popular with walkers and the Cleveland Way goes through the village of Kettleness. Anyone passing through at the time may have vital information which could help the investigation. It is believed that at least two walkers were seen in the area around the time the incident happened, we are appealing for them to come forward.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, said: "This is a tragic incident involving two climbers who appear to have got into difficulty, resulting in the death of one of them. A full investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened. The family of the dead man are being supported by specially trained officers at this time."

The deceased man is aged 51 and from the Cleveland area. We are not yet in a position to release his identity.

Anyone who was in the area the time, even if you believe your information is insignificant, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Scarborough CID.

Please quote reference 12140119069 when passing on information.

21 July 2014

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