Cornwall cliff plunge man died whilst trying to take photos

by Tiffany Millar on May 7, 2012

A man who died after plunging 160 feet from a Cornish cliff was attempting to take photographs, it has emerged.

Harry McCabe, aged 54, lost his footing while walking along the cliffs at Mullion, Cornwall, on Friday night. He was with his wife Samantha, aged 44, and their two children, both aged 12.

It is believed Mr McCabe, holidaying in the region with a friend, was attempting to take a photograph somewhere along the cliff but was on the wrong side of the fence when he fell. Eyewitnesses said how Mrs McCabe immediately ran through the doors of the Mullion Cove Hotel, a matter of yards away, and raised the alarm at around 19:00.

The accident occurred  after a week of miserable torrential rain, which made the paths incredibly slippery in an area that is popular with walkers.  The rescue attempt was made by Falmouth Coastguard  and the RNAS Culdrose helicopter, which took Mr McCabe to Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Mr McCabe, who is also believed to have two adult daughters from a previous marriage, was unfortunately pronounced dead on arrival. With no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident, Devon and Cornwall Police have already revealed that they are treating Mr McCabe’s death as accidental.

Last night, grieving relatives of Mr McCabe were comforting one other at their family home in Basingstoke. Understandably, they were far too distressed to give any comment on the passing of their beloved relative.

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