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    UK - Finnian Layland-Stratfield, 17, Tintagel, 8 July 2017

    Finnian Layland-Stratfield, 17, from Tintagel, was last seen near the town's youth hostel by a walker on Saturday, July 8, between 6pm and 6.30pm.He was also spotted on a local pub's CCTV footage.

    The following day at 5.30pm a rucksack containing some of his personal belongings were located on cliffs above Hole Beach in Tintagel.



    http://www.cornwalllive.com/tintagel...X9wJLwzkSy9.99

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    According to the local tide tables, evening high tide that day was at 18.40, with a height of 6.90m.

    High Tide: 06:20
    Height:6.60m

    Low Tide: 11:44
    Height:1.70m

    High Tide: 18:40
    Height:
    6.90m

    Low Tide: 00:03
    Height:1.70m

    https://www.tidetimes.co.uk/boscastl...times-20170708

    If he took his rucksack off to, say, take a photo, he could easily have slipped over the edge of the cliff and his body been swept out to sea. It's worth noting that high tide comes right up to the base of the cliffs there.

    http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=204...f&mapp=map.srf

    For those not familiar with OS mapping, the solid black line behind the beach represents the High Water mark.

    This is a very rocky coast. Depending on what was at the bottom of the cliff at that point, he would either have landed on flat rock (and been killed) or in the water crashing against the foot of the cliff (and either drowned or killed by being beaten against the rocks). At high tide there is no way he could have either climbed up the cliff or walked round on the rocks to somewhere he could have scaled the cliff.

    If he fell from the cliffs between 18.00 and 18.30 he or his body would have been almost immediately taken out to sea when the tide turned at 18.40.

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    Very local to me, this coast is dramatic but also very dangerous.
    A local lad who would be aware of the dangers but the edges of the cliffs here can be unpredictable.
    As he left his rucksack I am just hoping this could be a dreadful accident.
    Thoughts with his family.

    will add that in the holiday season there are more accidents - often fatal - involving people being washed off rocks when fishing or just sunbathing. Sadly the sea remains an unrecognised force to many.
    Last edited by jessie; 08-10-2017 at 12:36 PM.
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    Nothing heard yet of this poor lad. Posters are up in all local shops/offices and are also displayed at local footpaths so the influx of holidaymakers would be aware.

    Thanks for very informative post from MelmothTheLost above.
    Hope for the best but expecting the worst.
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    Oh no how very sad

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    Such a sad article about Finnian here.

    Proactive searches by the police have ended, and it has been revealed that a note was found in Finnian's rucksack.

    http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news...eve-hes-667253

    Stop looking for my son - we believe he's dead, says grieving father
    A note was found on a clifftop in Finn's rucksack
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    The mental health issues changes everything I guess. I don't remember any previous dislosures about that.

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    His father and his partner told Cornwall Live what happened on the day Finn was last seen. At the time, Finn was living with his father and Ms Brown in Marshgate, near Boscastle.

    “On the Saturday, I dropped him to Tintagel at about 5.30pm,” Ms Brown said. “He told us he was going to see his mate, but no arrangements had actually been made. “He was seen in a pub in Tintagel, where he had four double rums. He went to the toilet, and all this was caught on CCTV. “Then he was caught on camera going out of the pub and down Vicarage Hill toward the church. He was seen by a man walking towards the cliffs, at a fair old pace, at about 6.30pm. He seemed OK. Within 15 minutes, his phone went dead.

    “The way he cuddled his dad so much when he said goodbye to him, and leaned over in the car and cuddled me goodbye; normally it would be a quick peck on the cheek.

    “When you look back on it, it figures completely. It makes so much sense. "About 15 minutes before his phone went dead he also messaged his best friend saying, 'bye, bro'."

    As well as the note, Mr Layland says a lighter and a boot belonging to Finn were also discovered.

    “A metre or two below the cliff where they think he jumped they found a lighter, which was confirmed as his, through DNA,” he said.

    “They also found a boot at Wanson Mouth, just to the south of Widemouth Bay, on September 22, a day before his 18th birthday. That has been identified as his by family.”

    http://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cor...-father-660584

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    I just hope Finnian's remains are found if this is what has occurred in this case. The sea will eventually give up the lost but it has been so long now and there are so many very small bays in the area.
    Thoughts with family, so tragic .
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