The family of a man whose body was discovered at the bottom of cliffs at Alum Bay last week have today (Wednesday) paid tribute to the former Cowes High School pupil.
As Island Echo reported last Wednesday, the body of Daniel Dwight, 29 of Terrace Road, Newport was found at the bottom of cliffs near to The Needles after concerns were raised for his safety.
Facebook messages sent to family caused concern and the alarm was raised to Police, who later discovered Mr Dwight’s car parked at The Needles Pleasure Park.
A full-scale search operation was launched by Coastguard Rescue, with the assistance of the NPAS (National Police Air Service) helicopter from Sussex and Yarmouth RNLI before they discovered a body at around 10:20.
A post mortem has revealed that the former Wight Reclamation employee died from multiple traumatic injuries.
A statement released by the family today said: “There are no words to express how devastated we are at the sudden loss of our son, brother and friend. Daniel went to Gurnard Primary School before moving up to Solent Middle School and Cowes High.
“Daniel will always be remembered by his family and friends for his cheeky grin and bubbly personality — he had a passion for outdoor activities and loved horse-riding, skiing and snowboarding.
“The family would like to thank emergency services as well as our family and friends for all the help and support we have received during this difficult time.
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Jan, John, Tracy, Jed, Vicky, Sean, Alfie and Toni.”
An inquest into Mr Dwight’s death was opened on Friday, however has been adjourned until a later date.