Motorist survives 80ft cliff plunge


Ford Focus cliff fall

A man who drove off a cliff and plummeted 80ft (24m) into the sea has walked away with only minor injuries.
> The unidentified 33-year-old came off the A259 near Brighton, East Sussex, in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is not currently known whether he had been drinking.

Despite his Ford Focus suffering extensive damage in the fall, the man was able to get out of the car and make his way to rocks at the bottom of the cliffs.

He was later rescued from the beach on a stretcher by emergency services using specialist cliff rescue gear.

Newhaven Coastguard said that the man's car has "miraculously" managed to fall clear of the under-cliff promenade, preventing further damage and injuries.

Ford Focus cliff fall

Speaking to the BBC, a Coastguard spokesman said: "A second ladder was installed to use as a slipway and the casualty was secured into Newhaven Coastguard's rescue stretcher and then using some of our cliff rescue equipment we were able to slide the stretcher up the ladders.

"With nine members of various agencies on the three ropes and two of the Newhaven team at the top of the ladder, we were able to bring the casualty up from the beach where he was handed into the care of paramedics."

Members of Brighton's lifeboat crew also swam ashore to inspect the wreckage for passengers. During an extensive search of both the sea and beach, no other casualties were found.

The car has since been recovered and authorities are working to determine the cause of the accident.