Climber arrested after colleague's cliff-fall death

A climber has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after his colleague fell to his death from cliffs at Kettleness, near Whitby.

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Family of climber killed in North Yorkshire release statement

Malcolm Hall Credit: Family of Malcolm Hall

On Friday July 19 a 51-year-old fell to his death at a coastal beauty spot in North Yorkshire. Police have now named him as Malcolm Hall - affectionately known as Mac - from Skelton, near Saltburn.

His family have said: "Our family was devastated by the sudden and tragic death of Mac.

"Not only have we lost a son, brother, dad, granddad and uncle, we have also lost a friend who loved his family dearly and was always there for us whenever we needed him, no matter what.

"It is a small comfort to us knowing that Mac died doing something that he loved.

"He will be terribly missed by us and his wide circle of friends who we would like to thank for their kind words of comfort, love and support."

A man in his twenties was arrested for manslaughter and has been released on bail.

It has been reported the two were looking for the precious stone 'jet'.

Climber died 'doing what he loved'

Police have released the name of the man who died after falling from cliffs at Kettleness near Runswick Bay on Friday 18 July 2014. Malcolm Hall, 51, was from Skelton near Saltburn.

Malcolm Hall

In a statement his family said:

our family was devastated by the sudden and tragic death of Mac. Not only have we lost a son, brother, dad, granddad and uncle, we have also lost a friend who loved his family dearly and was always there for us whenever we needed him, no matter what. It is a small comfort to us knowing that Mac died doing something that he loved. He will be terribly missed by us and his wide circle of friends who we would like to thank for their kind words of comfort, love and support.

– Malcolm Hall family statement

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Police investigate climbers' equipment

Calendar understands that detectives investigating the death of a climber who fell from cliffs near Whitby have arrested the dead man's climbing partner on suspicion of manslaughter.

Kettleness, near Whitby Credit: ITV Calendar

The 51-year-old victim, who was from the Cleveland area, was abseiling down the 375ft high cliffs at Kettleness last Friday when he fell. His climbing partner, a man in his twenties from the Whitby area, has been arrested and released on police bail.

It is understood that detectives are examining the climbing equipment the men were using to determine if it played a part in the tragedy.

Police appeal for witnesses after cliff fall death

An investigation is underway after a climber fell to his death in North Yorkshire. Officers were called around 12.40pm on Friday July 18, 2014 to reports that a man had fallen from a cliff in the Kettleness and Runswick Bay area. The injured man, was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough where he was pronounced dead. Officers are appealing to walkers who were in the area at the time to contact them.

"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.”

– Temporary Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, North Yorkshire Police

A man, in his twenties from the Whitby area, has been arrested in connection with the incident. He has been released on bail.

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