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Man and woman die in car cliff fall

A man and a woman have been killed after their car went over a cliff on the Isle of Wight.

Hampshire Police said the pair's bodies were recovered from an upturned blue car at the bottom of Culver Down cliffs, which can reach around 330ft high.

Emergency services were called at around 8pm and battled against the incoming tide to try to recover the pair from the "very crushed" car, Solent Coastguard said.

Anne Ricketts, 47, from nearby Sandown, was walking her dog along the beach around the time of the accident.

The social worker said she saw a tractor dragging a trailer containing four firefighters towards the beach at the time.

Just after 8pm, she said she saw a coastguard helicopter drop someone into the water before leaving, while "truckloads" of rescuers from the coastguard were being dropped off nearby.

Ms Ricketts said she also saw a lifeboat from nearby Bembridge RNLI station "just off the cliff".

Police are investigating the circumstances which led to the incident and are appealing for witnesses to call Newport CID on 101.

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