Island car plunges off cliff

Emergency teams are investigating whether anybody was inside a car which plunged off cliffs on the Isle of Wight.

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Body identified after cliff plunge

A body found close to a vehicle at the bottom of cliffs at Culver on the Isle of Wight has been formally identified as missing man Robert Hayball, aged 20, of Nelson Road, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Police were called at 2.52am 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 later discovered 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. Mr Hayball's death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. A post-mortem examination is due to take place later this week. HM Coroner has been informed.

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Island cliff plunge - police statement

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a report of a vehicle going over a cliff at Culver on the Isle of Wight.

Officers were called at 2.52am this morning by a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of a man who had left his home in Newport.

It’s believed he left driving a van. Police received information a short time later that a vehicle had gone over a cliff at Culver.

Due to the incoming tide and current weather conditions, it is not currently possible to retrieve the vehicle.

A vessel from Hampshire’s Marine Unit is en route to assess the state of the vehicle, confirm its identity, and whether anyone is in the vehicle.

A 20-year-old man from Newport on the Isle of Wight remains missing at this time. Officers are in contact with the man’s family.

Car plunges off cliffs into water

Emergency teams are investigating whether anybody was inside a car which plunged off cliffs on the Isle of Wight.

The vehicle ended up in water after falling from Culver Cliffs but the tide and weather conditions were hampering efforts to retrieve it.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said today: "It appears that a vehicle has gone over the cliff and is in the water.

"Due to the incoming tide and current weather conditions, and in consultation with the coastguard, it's not currently possible to retrieve this vehicle.

"It's not known if anyone is in the vehicle at this time."

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