The bodies of two men and a woman have been found near cliffs.
Officers alerted to concern for the welfare of a man at Langdon Cliffs in Dover, Kent, found a body at the base of the cliffs on Sunday afternoon.
During the search, the Coastguard also discovered the bodies of a second man and woman, Kent Police said. Officers do not believe their deaths are linked to that of the first man.
A police spokesman said: "Kent Police was called at 2.27pm due to concern for the welfare of a man at Langdon Cliffs, Dover.
"Officers attended and the body of a man was subsequently discovered at the bottom of the cliffs by the coastguard.
"During the search the coastguard also discovered the bodies of a second man and a woman.
"Officers do not believe their deaths are linked to that of the first man.
"Enquiries into the circumstances behind all three deaths are ongoing."
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokeswoman said: "At 2.30pm today, Kent Police requested assistance from the UK Coastguard at an incident in the Dover docks area.
"UK Coastguard sent Langdon Battery and Deal coastguard rescue teams, Dover RNLI lifeboat and the UK search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd."
The bodies of the man and woman who were found later were discovered between half a mile to a mile from the first man's body.
The first man's body was winched up by rescue helicopter. A Dover RNLI spokesman said: "The conditions were quite rough. The other two were rescued by coastguard teams on the shore.
"It's tragic really."