Driver survives car cliff plunge at Overstrand beach

  • 22 July 2013
  • From the section Norfolk
A Vauxhall Vectra at the bottom of a cliff in Overstrand
Image caption The driver was taken to hospital with an ankle injury

A driver escaped with minor injuries after his car went over a 60ft (20m) cliff.

The emergency services arrived to find the man in his Vauxhall Vectra on the beach at Overstrand, near Cromer, at 20:00 BST on Saturday.

The man in his 20s, who was alone in the car, was taken to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital with an ankle injury.

Fire station manager John Baker said he was "very, very lucky" to survive.

'Brunt of the impact'

"The car went all the way to the bottom and bounced off part of the cliff.

"The rear of the car has taken the brunt of the impact. The passenger compartment was intact so the car has done its job."

The coastguard, ambulance and fire service were all sent to the area after reports came in that a car had gone over a cliff.

The car is understood to have gone over the cliffs near the Pauls Lane area.

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