Cornwall

Family pay tribute to Perranporth cliff fall girl

Eleanor Clarke
Image caption Eleanor died while on holiday in Cornwall with her family

The family of an 11-year-old girl who died after falling from a cliff in Cornwall, while on holiday, have paid tribute to their "beautiful daughter".

Eleanor Clarke from Andover, Hampshire, is thought to have fallen about 30ft (9m) down a mine entrance at Droskyn Point, near Perranporth on Wednesday.

She was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro but died hours later.

In a statement, her family said they were "devastated" by the death of their "adventurous" daughter.

The statement said: "We are struggling to put into words the unique person that she was and how her loss will affect us, her two brothers and all her family.

"Her radiance and sheer joy of life captivated anyone who knew her.

"Her witty and mischievous nature, her loyalty and kindness, all complemented her adventurous spirit.

"She loved acting, sports, looking after all her pets and being with her friends. Above all she was fun to be with."

The statement also gave thanks to all those involved in the beach rescue including the ambulance crew and the staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

An inquest at the coroner's office in Truro, has been opened and adjourned to a future date.

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