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Family witnesses cliff fall death

A holidaymaker has plunged 50 metres to his death in a horrific cliff fall in front of his wife and two children.

The man, 52, from Basingstoke, Hampshire, was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, but pronounced dead on arrival.

He fell from cliffs while out walking at Mullion on the Lizard Peninsula, south Cornwall, at about 7pm on Friday.

His wife and two children, both aged 12, were present during what is believed to have been a tragic accident, Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed.

The group is believed to have been on a bank holiday break in the area with their own child and one friend.

Police are treating the man's death as accidental. The coroner has been informed.

The coastguard later warned tourists to take care on potentially treacherous cliff paths made slippery after a week of downpours.

It is unknown whether heavy rain, and the effect it has had on the condition of paths, played any part in the accident.

"There has been a lot of rain in Cornwall over the last week and people need to be very careful when they are out walking," a coastguard watch officer said.

"The rain has made the paths very, very slippery and they can be treacherous."