Female driver’s miracle escape after plunging car 30ft off cliffs

Female driver’s miracle escape after plunging car 30ft off cliffs

Female driver’s miracle escape after car plunged 30ft off cliffs into sea then she SWAM to safety at coastal beauty spot

  • Two lifeboats raced to rescue woman, who managed to get free of the car 
  • She swam to safety at Limeslade Bay and frantically scrambled up the cliffs
  • Paramedics examined her at the scene and she has been sent to hospital
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By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline

Published: 05:13 EDT, 13 August 2019 | Updated: 10:59 EDT, 13 August 2019

A woman has been detained under the mental health act after her car plunged 30ft into the sea, only for her to break free and swim to safety.

Lifeboat crews were alerted at 6am when the car was spotted in the sea – with just the roof visible in the water.

But the driver had managed to escape – and swam to the cliffs to scramble up to safety.

The crumpled blue car abandoned on the rocks at Limeslade Bay off Mumbles in South Wales at high tide on Tuesday

The driver survived the crash despite the vehicle coming off the winding road and tumbling 30ft down 

Pictured: The car is almost submerged in the water (pictured at high tide). The woman broke free and scrambled up the cliffs to safety 

Pictured: The Coastguard heads out to rescue the woman, who managed the swim to the cliffs

Coastguards are puzzled how she ended up the water at Limeslade Bay at Mumbles, Swansea, but the woman was taken to hospital.

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The alarm was raised following a call to UK Coastguard at Milford Haven saying a car had entered the water.

Two lifeboats were launched but the driver had managed to escape the vehicle and swim to shore. She was then taken to hospital by ambulance.

Mumbles Lifeboat second coxswain Richie Webborn said: ‘There wasn’t much to identify the location other than a small amount of debris which lead a trail to the bottom of the cliff just below Fortes Ice cream parlour’.

The Coastguard heads out to save the woman, whose car plunged more than 30ft off a cliff 

Writing a post on Facebook, Rhossili coastguard said: ‘At 6am this morning Rhossili Coastguards were tasked to Limeslade in Mumbles where a car had gone over the cliff with a person in it.

‘As we set off from station we were informed that Mumbles coastguards and Mumbles RNLI were both on scene, we were then notified the lady that was driving the car had managed to get out of the car and was in the water.

‘She managed to get to the cliffs and made her way up the bank to waiting police, coastguards and ambulance. We arrived on scene.

‘The casualty was being examined by ambulance crew, she was asked if anyone else was in the car. The lady was OK and on the way to hospital.’ 

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