Man killed in fall from cliff had been drinking
A MAN who plunged to his death from a 200ft cliff edge had been drinking heavily, an inquest heard.
Jrzegorz Romanuk, 34, of Ashford, had consumed almost three times the drink-drive limit, coroner Rachel Redman was told last Thursday.
Mr Romanuk had been with friends in a minibus who had stopped at The Warren, Capelle-Ferne on Easter Sunday, April 12.
Minibus driver Andreys Gorkins told the inquest in a statement: “I saw him walking and stepping to a lower piece of ground.
“I turned my back, there was dust in the area. I turned again and he was gone.”
Puff of dust
Det Sgt Christopher Benson told the hearing at Ashford that Mr Romanuk had been with a group of friends, some of whom had been drinking vodka.
He said Mr Romanuk had stepped on a ledge and witnesses had seen a puff of dust and he fell.
DS Benson said: “He lost his footing on a cliff edge that gave way. There is no evidence that he jumped.”
A post mortem examination found that he had 236 micro- grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood when the legal limit for drink-driving is 80.
Mr Romanuk, a laundry porter who lived in Cross Stile, Ashford, died from a neck injury.
Mrs Redman, recording an accidental death verdict, said: “He had gone too close to the edge of the cliff, stepped on lower ground and fallen.”
He fell 200 to 250ft and the incident prompted a major rescue effort.
Dover Coastguard was scrambled and Dover and Folkestone fire crews were also called, along with a line rescue team from Deal.
Mr Romanuk’s body was recov- ered at the foot of the cliff and he was pronounced dead by a doctor at the scene.
Coastguards afterwards warned walkers to stick to the cliff path and keep away from the edges as they can crumble.
Local people also put up their own warning sign on a clifftop bench off Old Dover Road.
The warning sign put on a bench at Capel-le-Ferne after Jrzegorz Romanuk fell to his death from the cliff edge