Man Survives Cliff Crash

A man has suffered serious injuries - but lived to tell the tale - after his vehicle plunged over a cliff face.

The 42-year-old man's Vauxhall Frontera fell half way down the 120 metre high cliff at Emmetts Hill, St Aldhelm's Head in Purbeck, yesterday morning.

A man on a motor cruiser, moored in Chapman's Pool, who heard the sound of the man's cries for help, raised the alarm.

The rescue involved Dorset Police, coastguard teams from St Albans and Swanage, the coastguard helicopter and the South Western Ambulance Service.

Allan Norman, Wathc Manager, Porltand Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre said: "When the Coastguard Rescue Officers arrived on scene they found a car at the foot of the cliffs, cries could still be heard but it was difficult to locate the casualty due to the undergrowth.

"The casualty was found by the winch man from the helicopter who was lowered into the search area; the casualty was then taken by air to Poole, where the Poole Coastguard Rescue team had prepared the landing site to enable the Ambulance to take the casualty to Poole General Hospital."

The man, from Swanage, suffered two broken legs and abdominal injuries. He underwent surgery at Poole Hospital yesterday.

It is believed that the man was thrown from his vehicle on impact.

Dorset Police say that there are no suspicious circumstances and it is believed that no other person was in the vehicle.

Additionally, his dog, who was also thrown from the vehicle was found unhurt.

The incident is being classed as a road traffic collision.

Anyone with information or witnesses are asked to call 01202 222 222.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

24 February 2009
Lubbock Police 'Lost Evidence', Report Finds
Police investigating the death of a man who was found dead in Michael barrymore's swimming pool, lost crucial pieces of evicence, an official report has found. Stuart Lubbock, 31, of Harlow, Essex, died in March 2001 after attending a party at Mr Barrymore's former home in Roydon, Essex.
20 August 2008
Rescue Teams Find Body In Missing Tourist Hunt
Rescue teams searching for a missing 48-year-old man have found a body. Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team discovered the remains while searching for Simon Bally of Stoke-on-Trent, at the head of the Buttermere Valley on Tuesday.
14 June 2007
Barrymore arrested over Stuart Lubbock death
Three people, including Michael Barrymore, have been arrested in connection with the death of Stuart Lubbock, the man found dead in a swimming pool at the entertainer's former home. Essex Police confirmed that the men - Barrymore and two men aged 37 and 32 - have been arrested on suspicion of murder and serious sexual assault.
08 July 2008
Man Convicted Of Pool Cue Murder
A man has been convicted of beating his sister's boyfriend to death with a pool cue. Liverpool Crown Court heard that Daniel Breaks, 48, killed Simon Sutton as he had suspected that he had informed police about an alleged blackmail attempt on a bank.
02 August 2012
Boy, 15, Dies On Fishing Trip
A teenager has died in an accident while fishing in Wales. The 15-year-old fell off rocks near Llangennith in Gower. His 21-year-old brother is now in hospital after diving into the sea in an attempt to save him. The brothers, from Merseyside, had been fishing with two other friends at Blue Pool corner yesterday evening.