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21st May 2023

Teenager dies after falling from cliffs in Devon

Charlie Herbert

Hope Cove cliff death in Devon

Police have confirmed her death

An 18-year-old girl has died after falling from a cliff in South Devon.

Police were called to Hope Cove beach, near Kingsbridge, on Friday afternoon after reports the teen had fallen.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCGA) told Devon Live that it had responded to the incident after they were alerted at around 3.45pm.

Emergency services confirmed that Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bigbury and Kingsbridge, an Independent Rescue Boat from Hope Cove and the Coastguard helicopter from Newquay were all sent to the scene, along with paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service, and Devon and Cornwall Police.

The incident happened at Hope Cove, near Kingsbridge in south Devon (Getty)

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed on Saturday that an 18-year-old girl had died.

A force spokesperson said: “Police were informed by the Coastguard at around 4.40pm yesterday [19 May] that the body of a woman had been recovered from the beach near Hope Cove.

“An 18-year-old woman was reported to have fallen from the cliff and was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“Her next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and enquiries are continuing.”

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