Man survives 200ft car cliff plunge

Man survives 200ft car cliff plunge

A man miraculously survived a 200ft plummet over a cliff face in his car and was pulled free from the wreckage by coastguards, it has emerged.

Police, firefighters, ambulance crew and a rescue helicopter were all called to Hartland Quay in North Devon after a silver car was seen driving over the cliff edge at 5am.

They found the vehicle on the beach at 5.24am, and two cliffmen from Hartland and Westward Ho! Coastguard Rescue Teams were lowered down to it. They found the unidentified man alive inside and he was winched out by the helicopter and flown to North Devon District Hospital.

He was not unconscious but the full extent of his injuries is unknown.

Watch manager Steve Jones said: "We are still uncertain as to the circumstances of why the car was driven over the cliff. However the single occupant was alive when extracted from the car and able to communicate with our rescue team.

"Fortunately the weather was benign in the morning which helped the extraction. The car is in no danger of being overtaken by the tide and a plan will be drawn up on how to remove the vehicle from its present position."

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