Man killed in fall from cliff had been drink­ing

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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.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey PD1571116

The warn­ing sign put on a bench at Capel-le-Ferne af­ter Jrze­gorz Ro­manuk fell to his death from the cliff edge

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