Teenagers’ miracle escape after driving off cliff

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Two young women were recovering in hospital yesterday having miraculously survived after driving their car – off a CLIFF.

Teenagers' miracle escape after driving off cluff

The 17-year-old pair somehow managed to escape the vehicle in the dark and and were rescued by a lifeboat, a coastguard spokesman said.

They had plunged from the cliff at Pendennis Point – a popular beauty spot in Falmouth, Cornwall – at around 10pm on Saturday.

Police, fire crews and the ambulance service were called to the scene and the two women were taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Teenagers' miracle escape after driving off cluff

Marc Thomas, watch manager at Falmouth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said the car was driven off the cliff.

He said: “The car’s two occupants, both female, have been transferred by lifeboat to the Falmouth lifeboat house where they will then be taken on to hospital.

“The car is in an upright and intact position but badly damaged and will be recovered in due course.”

Teenagers' miracle escape after driving off cluff

In December, the government announced plans to only have Falmouth’s coastguard station manned during daylight hours, as part of a move to cut the number of main coastguard centres from 18 to eight, with only three open 24 hours a day.

Falmouth currently monitors an area totalling 660,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean.
A consultation period on the closure plans is still going on.

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