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Driver has miraculous escape after car plunges 400m off cliff on to nudist beach

The car crashed into the rocks on the beach in Devon (Picture: RLNI/Ilfracombe)

A driver has had a lucky escape after his car plunged 400m off a cliff and on to a nudist beach.

The male driver was bleeding but not seriously injured after the crash on to Sillery Sands, a beach in Devon that is popular with naked sunbathers in the summer.

The motorist climbed up to a set of holiday apartments to raise the alarm.

Witness Patricia Cannock said: “He doesn’t remember much but his face was a mess.

“He must have a guardian angel looking out for him.””

More than 20 firefighters, paramedics and police were called to the scene after the crash on Saturday morning at Countisbury Hill near Lynmouth.

An RNLI lifeboat also attended the scene in case there had been anyone in the vehicle.

The scene on the A39 in North Devon where a car crashed off the side of the cliff (Picture: SWNS)

Devon and Cornwall Police incident manager Tony Joslin said: “It looks like the driver has had a pretty miraculous escape.

“The car has gone from the top to the bottom. It’s about 300 metres to 400 metres from the top and it has actually ended up on the ground – about 10 metres from the waterline.

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“The damage to the vehicle is extensive. It’s a complete mess.”

The car crashed off part of the A39 near Porlock Hill which is the steepest A-road in the UK.

Volunteer crew members for the RNLI in Ilfracombe, Devon, were tasked to assist in the rescue.

They battled through gale force winds with four-metre swells to reach the remote location where the car had come to rest.

Coxswain Carl Perrin, from the RNLI in Ilfracombe, said: “Our volunteer crew performed well to assist the police and coastguard in the search for casualties.

Emergency services attended the scene of the crash (Picture: SWNS)

“The team have trained extensively to carry out this kind of task and today they used their training and local knowledge to carry out this search with strong winds and a heavy seas making conditions challenging.”

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We received information of debris on the road in the area where the accident was reported.

“Further investigations revealed the vehicle had gone off the road down into a ravine having had serious damage caused to it.

“The driver of the vehicle was subsequently located apparently uninjured.

“The damage to the vehicle was such that the driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure to conduct an examination to look for any internal injuries.”

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