Culver Cliff body identified

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Culver Cliff body identified

Part of the team involved in Thursday's operation at Culver Cliff. Picture by Laura Holme.

POLICE have identified a man whose body was found at the bottom of cliffs on the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Thursday).

Robert Hayball, 20, of Nelson Road, Newport was formally identified by relatives after his body was recovered close to a van that had gone over the cliff at Culver, near Sandown, in the early hours of this morning.

Efforts to search the scene were hampered by difficult conditions and the tide. The van remains submerged at the scene.

A police spokesman said: "Police were called at 2.52am this morning (Thursday) by a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of Mr Hayball. He was reported to have left home driving a van. 

"Police received information a short time later that a vehicle had gone over a cliff at Culver.

"A vehicle, believed to be Mr Hayball's van, remains underwater off the coast of Culver. Police are considering options for the safe recovery of this vehicle, which is not thought to have been carrying any other people."

The exact circumstances leading up to his death are still being investigated, however police said they were not treating the death as suspicious.
"A post-mortem examination is due to take place later this week. HM Coroner has been informed.
"Police would like to thank HM Coastguard, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI for their assistance," said the spokesman.

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