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UK man rescued after 200-ft plunge off cliff

By Jane Fazackarley     Sep 6, 2009 in World
A driver has been rescued after his car went over a cliff in Devon. The car dropped 200 feet, ft and coastguards who were on the scene described the fact that the man survived as "miraculous."
Following the accident that happened at Hartland Quay, he was airlifted to safety by local coastguards.
The man is currently undergoing care at the North Devon District Hospital. It's not yet known how bad his injuries are.
Coastguards based in Swansea say the reasons behind the cliff fall are still not certain.
Speaking to the BBC, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager Stephen Jones said, "It's miraculous that the occupant was found alive in the car and was talking to coastguards. It beggars belief. I think he is very lucky to be alive this morning."
The car was discovered on the beach by coastguards. Local fire services were called to aide the rescue.
Two coast guards were lowered down to the scene of the accident where they found the man still alive.
Stephen Jones told the BBC: "Fortunately the weather was benign this morning which helped the extraction. The car is in no danger of being overtaken by the tide and a plan will be drawn up on how to remove the vehicle from its present position."
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