Lucky driver escapes through car boot after crashing over cliff edge

A motorist had a lucky escape through the boot of their car after crashing over a cliff edge.

The vehicle was left teetering precariously over the drop in Cadgwith, Cornwall, after it came off the road shortly before 4.30am on Tuesday.

Firefighters managed to secure the car with straps – allowing the driver to clamber over the back seats and crawl out of the boot unharmed.

Photos posted to social media by the Coastguard show the vehicle lying on its side with the front half poking out over the edge.

In a statement, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Crews from Mullion and line rescue appliances from Tolvaddon attended this incident as well as an officer, which involved a single vehicle in a precarious position.

‘HM Coastguard and Devon and Cornwall Police also attended. Fire personnel used line rescue equipment to secure and stabilise the vehicle.

‘One casualty was successfully recovered, uninjured.’

Team paged 04:38 to provide safety cover for @MullionCFRS with a vehicle which had gone over the cliff at Cadgwith. @CornwallFRS were able to secure the vehicle with a strop and retrieved the casualty through the boot.

Once the scene was made safe we were stood down. pic.twitter.com/mJGTlAj3Qk

A Mullion Coastguard spokesperson added: ‘The team was paged at 4.38am to provide safety cover for Mullion Community Fire Station with a vehicle, which had gone over the cliff at Cadgwith.

‘Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were able to secure the vehicle with a strop and retrieved the casualty through the boot.

‘Once the scene was made safe we were stood down.’

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