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Inquest opens into man's cliff fall death.

AN INQUEST has opened into the death of an amateur photographer who plunged 80ft to his death after making a final call for help on his mobile phone.

David Tuckett, 37, died moments after calling the coastguard to say he was hanging on to a cliff ledge by his fingertips.

The unemployed man from Treharne Drive, Pen-y-fai, Bridgend, had been taking photographs of rock formations when he plunged halfway down the 80ft cliff at Dunraven Bay, near Southerndown,Vale of Glamorgan. After falling partway down the cliff he had managed to reach out and grab a ledge where he used his mobile phone to dial 999.

He told the operator he was hanging on by his fingertips but said he could not last for long.

Rescue teams were sent from Llantwit Major and Porthcawl and a rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene.

The emergency services were on the scene within 20 minutes of Mr Tuckett's call, which he made at noon last Friday.

But by the time they had arrived they found his body at the base of the cliffs. The inquest was adjourned.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 9, 2002
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