Warning after Eyemouth cliff death

VISITORS to Eyemouth have been given a fresh warning about clifftop dangers.

Holidaymaker Alfred Whitesmith plunged to his death close to Weasel Point on Saturday night.

The body of the 58-year-old from Newcastle was was found by searchers after his dog returned alone to the nearby holiday park.

Eyemouth is a popular location for day trippers from across the Borders. After Saturday’s tragedy, the fishing port’s provost appealed for people to take care walking the cliffs.

Community council chairman Jo Pawley commented: “Everyone in the town has great sympathy for the man’s family, particularly those relatives who were on holiday with him. It’s such a tragic accident and one that was totally out of the blue.

“There are a number of danger signs up on the cliffs, particularly close to Fort Point where there have been a number of landslips.

“I think the majority of locals know to tread very carefully and not go too close to the edge but it’s easy for people who are on holiday here to get carried away by the wonderful scenery and not think about the risks.

“You hear about people being seriously injured or losing their lives in cliff falls quite often, but I think in a small community like Eyemouth the tragedy is felt more.”

Saturday’s search involved the local lifeboat, coastguard officers, paramedics and an RAF helicopter.

Last month a young woman, out searching for missing teenager Jamie Battison, had to be rescued after falling down a cliff at nearby Killiedraught Bay.