Police investigate after couple drive off 100-metre cliff on the Isle of Wight
Published 18/08/2011 | 07:49
Police are today investigating the deaths of a man and woman who were killed when their car went over a 100-metre (328ft) cliff on the Isle of Wight.
Hampshire police said the pair's bodies were recovered from an upturned blue car at the bottom of Culver Down cliffs.
Emergency services were called at around 8pm yesterday and battled against the incoming tide to try to recover the pair from the "very crushed" car, Solent Coastguard said.
A coastguard spokeswoman said three teams from Bembridge, Ryde and Ventnor were called to the scene, along with the coastguard helicopter from Solent.
Two lifeboats from Bembridge also joined the search with fire and rescue, ambulance and police teams.
Anne Ricketts, 47, from nearby Sandown, was walking her dog along the beach around the time of the accident.
The social worker said she saw a tractor dragging a trailer containing four firefighters towards the beach at the time.
Just after 8pm, she said she saw a coastguard helicopter drop someone into the water before leaving, while "truckloads" of rescuers from the coastguard were being dropped off nearby.
Police are investigating the circumstances which led to the incident and are appealing for witnesses to call Newport CID on 101.