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Car driver survives 80ft cliff fall

Posted in: Car Accidents Road Traffic Accidents 

A motorist has survived an 80ft cliff fall after his car slid from the road and into the sea near Brighton. The man managed to free himself from the submerged vehicle and swam back to the rocks with only minor injuries. The 33-year-old said that he was lucky to have missed the Undercliff promenade during the fall, and instead landed on rocks in the sea.

The driver of the vehicle had been driving on the A259 at Roedean at around midnight when the road traffic accident happened. The Newhaven Coastguard described the nature of the accident as “miraculous” as his car managed to avoid landing on the promenade. The driver was carried up from the beach on a stretcher by emergency teams using specialist cliff rescue equipment.

No other casualties

One coastguard spokesman said: “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.

One member of the rescue team swam out to the vehicle, a black Ford Focus, to check for any passengers. Brighton and Newhaven lifeboat crews also inspected the sea, with two other coastguard teams checking the beach. There were no other casualties.

The car has since been removed from the sea and the accident is currently under investigation.

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