Tributes to Christopher Martin after Dancing Ledge cliff fall

SSgt Christopher Martin Staff Sgt Martin had been on leave with his girlfriend

Army colleagues of a climber who died after falling from a cliff on the Dorset coast have paid tribute to a "charismatic" and "extraordinary man".

Staff Sgt Christopher Martin, 32, from Cheshire, served with 6 Battalion the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

He was on leave with his girlfriend when he fell from Dancing Ledge, near Langton Matravers, on 23 August.

He died from his injuries at Dorset County Hospital.

'Greatly missed'

A spokesperson for the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, where Staff Sgt Martin was a physical training instructor, said: "Chris died following a pursuit that he loved.

"He was an exemplary instructor, an extraordinary man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

Staff Sgt Martin, from Winsford in Cheshire, was on a period of leave following a two month detachment in Canada when he fell.

He joined the army in 1997.

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned at Dorchester Coroner's Court last Friday.

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