A 62-year-old Sydney man has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff on Cheticamp Island in Cape Breton, say RCMP.​

His body was removed on Monday morning after an overnight search.

Police said two men from the Sydney area were camping next to a communications tower on Cheticamp Island. One man went for a walk in the nearby woods. When he returned at approximately 10 p.m., he discovered his friend was missing and called 911.

Two Canadian Coast Guard ships, a search and rescue crew and a police dog took part in the search effort. They found the man's body at around 5:45 a.m.

"He was found by the Cormorant helicopter with their big lights flying over because where he had fallen he was not visible from the cliffs or from the water," said Gilles Aucoin with Cheticamp Search and Rescue.

Aucoin said the man fell about 30 metres to his death. Both men were experienced campers, he said.

"They just had a tent, they were well equipped, they'd done this before. As a matter of fact, if I heard correctly, they had camped there before themselves," he said.

"They were just like two friends who liked to go out and camp for a day or so. They'd done this before."

The man's name has not been released at the request of his family.