Cliff plunge car 'going over 30mph'

The Isle of Wight coastguard has said that a car which was carrying a man and woman who died after it plunged 100 metres off a cliff was travelling at more than 30mph when it went over the edge.

The bodies of a man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were recovered after their blue Renault Scenic was seen to drive off the edge of Culver Down cliffs near Bembridge, Isle of Wight, on Thursday evening before crashing on to the beach below.

Mike Forsyth-Caffrey, sector manager for Isle of Wight Coastguard, said the speed at which the car was travelling caused it to miss any part of the cliff as it fell.

He said: "Solent Coastguard received a 999 call from a person saying they had seen a car from the Culver Haven car park disappear over the fields and over the cliff.

"I think they would have been travelling in excess of 30mph at least.

"From a standing point in the car park they would have overcome the ditch and the barbed wire fence barrier before they have gone over."

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