How did he survive? Driver manages to walk away from wreckage of his car after plummeting from a perilously steep coastal road and falling 1,300ft onto rocks below
- The man had been driving along a notorious stretch of coastline on the A39
- He managed to stagger into local holiday apartments to raise the alarm
- A crew searched the area for an hour and half to ensure there were no casualties
This incredible picture shows the crumpled mess of a car which plummeted off one of Britain’s steepest roads.
The driver miraculously managed to walk away from the vehicle, despite it plunging 1300 feet onto a rocky beach around 9am on Saturday.
The man who had been driving along a notorious stretch of coastline on the A39 on Countisbury Hill near Lynmouth, Devon then managed to stagger into local holiday apartments to raise the alarm.
The driver miraculously managed to walk away from the vehicle, despite it plunging 1300 feet
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Patricia Cannock, a witness, said: ‘He somehow made it up the cliff and on to Clooneavan [sic] where the emergency services were called.
‘Doesn’t remember much but his face was a mess.
‘He must have had a guardian angel looking out for him.’
A spokesman at Clooneavin Holiday Apartments in Lynmouth confirmed that the driver had come into her flats after escaping from his car.
The road is not far from the steepest A road in the United Kingdom at Porlock Hill.
An RNLI crew then searched the area for an hour and half to ensure there were no other casualties before being stood down at 11.10am by the emergency services.
This picture shows emergency services on scene at the top of the cliffs in Lynmouth, Devon
This picture shows members of the RNLI on scene below the cliffs, they were soon stood down
Carl Perrin, RNLI Volunteer Coxswain for Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat, who led the search said: ‘There were a number of people gathered around the rocks at the shoreline to observe the rescue.
‘In such rough and unpredictable sea conditions, we would remind people to take extra care and to respect the water.’
Devon and Cornwall Police Force Incident Manager Tony Joslin said: ‘It looks like the driver has had a pretty miraculous escape. The car has gone from the top to the bottom. It’s about 300 metres to 400 metres from the top and it is actually ended up on the ground – about 10 metres from the waterline.
Devon and Cornwall Police Force Incident Manager Tony Joslin said: ‘It looks like the driver has had a pretty miraculous escape’. Pictured is the operation afterwards atop the cliffs
‘The damage to the vehicle is extensive. It’s a complete mess.
‘The driver has been talking to us. He has been taken to hospital as a precaution. As a matter of routine we conduct a breath test after every road traffic accident.’
More than 20 firefighters along with paramedics and police were involved in the difficult access to reach the car.
A Devon and Somerset Fire special rescue team from Barnstaple reached the vehicle by boat.
Some of the steep cliffs in the area (file picture). The steepest of which is at Porlock Hill
‘Damage to the vehicle is extensive. It’s a complete mess,’ added the Force Incident Manager
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