I heard this story on BBC radio this morning and here it is from the Daily Telegraph. I have more details to add: the man’s dog was in the car and survived and walked home. The driver apparently has two broken legs. I love this North Devon spot at Hartland Point and have walked there often with my family.
Police called the coastguard just before 5am this morning after the car was seen to drive over the precipice.
Hartland and Westward Ho! Coastguard Rescue Teams began searching for the car and any occupants. At 5.24am the car was found on the beach below.
Lights and equipment were set up on scene and the fire service was called to help. A rescue helicopter was also scrambled along with an ambulance.
Two coastguard cliffmen were placed on a line and lowered to the site of the silver car, where they found one man inside alive.
A winchman was lowered onto the beach from the helicopter. The man was freed from the car and flown to North Devon District Hospital.
The extent of his injuries are not yet known, although he was able to communicate with his rescuers.
Steve Jones, the watch manager, said: ”We are still uncertain as to the circumstances of why the car was driven over the cliff. However the single occupant was alive when extracted from the car and able to communicate with our rescue team.
”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.”