Driver reported after car hurtled 20-feet from cliff onto beach

The driver of a car that plummeted 20 feet off a cliff from the road to Mawgan Porth Beach in Newquay has been reported for driving without due care and attention.

Emergency services were called to reports of a car diving 20ft onto a tent at Mawgan Porth shortly before 3.30pm (August 6).

Luckily, there was no one inside the tent at the time, and the only injuries reported minor injuries that the driver had sustained.

Ambulance, fire, police, and coastguard were all present at the scene of the crash, which was initially reported on traffic monitoring service Inrix, to have caused delays as people slowed down in the area to look at what had happened.

Police confirmed that the driver was taken to Treliske Hospital as a “precuation” after luckily only sustaining minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were notified at around 3.15pm yesterday, Thursday 6 August, following reports that a car had gone over a cliff at Mawgan Porth Beach in Newquay.

“Ambulance services and Fire assisted at the scene.

“The driver received a minor injury as a result and was taken to Treliske Hospital as a precaution.

Despite the vehicle landing on its roof, the driver sustained only minor injuries
(Image: Padstow Coastguard)

“The driver was reported for driving without due care and attention.”

Padstow Coastguard attended the scene of the crash on Mawgan Porth Beach, but were stood down after it was discovered that only minor injuries had been sustained as a result of the dramatic cliff crash.

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A spokesman for Padstow Coastguard said: “Padstow Coastguard requested to assist Newquay Coastguard, alongside South Western Ambulance NHS Service Trust, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Devon and Cornwall Police, with a car that had landed on the beach.

“Initial reports of the vehicle driving off a cliff and landing on a beach tent were confirmed, however it had left the B3276 road, and dropped approximately 20ft, thankfully onto what was at the time, an empty beach tent.

“With no other casualties other than minor injuries on the driver only, Padstow team were then stood down.

“Two team members had already arrived on scene, and remained, assisting the remaining emergency services to right the car back onto its wheels, and remove it from the beach.

People were sitting nearby as the car dropped from 20ft above
(Image: Padstow Coastguard)

“The cause of the vehicle to leave the road is not known, but it was slow enough not to activate the on board airbags.

Padstow Coastguard spoke of how lucky it was that no one was seriously injured.

They added: “”With no medical, safety or pollution concerns, the emergency services removed various pieces of debris from the incident, and were able to depart the scene as requested.

“Excellent multi service operations, and an extraordinarily lucky outcome for the driver and beachgoers.”

And, as an influx of both locals and tourists flock to beaches and other beauty spots – congesting many roads in the region, Neighbourhood policing inspector Rob Bolt has urged people to be responsible, and drive safely.

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Inspector Bolt said: “The recent hot weather has brought crowds of visitors and residents to our beaches and beauty spots, the majority of whom behave in a considerate and respectful way.

“We ask that people be responsible. Drive safely, park respectfully, dispose of litter appropriately, take precautions to prevent wild fires, specifically from camp fires or BBQ’s and be generally courteous to others, so everyone can enjoy our beautiful county.”

Cornwall Live