Woman rescued after car stops 'precariously close' to cliff edge


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A woman had a lucky escape when her car plunged down a grassy bank and stopped just feet from a cliff edge.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at Flamborough, East Yorkshire, as the BMW stopped "precariously close" to a 100ft (30m) drop.

It is thought the 32-year-old driver's vehicle had careered through barriers at a nearby car park and hurtled towards the cliff edge.

The woman was airlifted to hospital following the drama at North Landing, Flamborough, on Tuesday evening.

The Coastguard, firefighters, Flamborough RNLI, police and the ambulance service were all involved in the dramatic rescue.

A spokeswoman for Flamborough RNLI said: "The car stopped precariously close to a drop of at least 100ft, as can be seen from the photographs.

"Thankfully, she was winched to safety by the rescue helicopter and taken to hospital.

"There is no information at this time as to why or how the car ended up in this position.

"The volunteer crew remained in the area on stand-by until they were stood down by the Coastguard."

Humberside Police said the woman was taken to hospital with a head injury and detained overnight for observations.

A spokesman for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: "The car was balanced precariously close to the edge of the cliff.

"The woman was conscious and, although she wasn't physically trapped, she couldn't get out of the car.

"Emergency services secured the car with a rope line and worked together to release the woman. She was put on a spine board and airlifted to hospital."