Woman hurt in car plunge

The red Fiat Punto landed 100ft down the cliff
The red Fiat Punto landed 100ft down the cliff

A woman had to be cut from her car and airlifted to hospital after it plunged around 100ft down cliffs.

A major rescue operation was launched at 7am yesterday involving the police, fire service, coastguard teams and a lifeboat crew after a member of the public reported seeing a car going over the cliffs at Thornwick Bay, near Flamborough.

The rescue teams abseiled down the cliffside to reach the car, which had settled around 100ft down.

The 35-year-old woman inside the Fiat Punto was “conscious and breathing” when they reached her.

Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Firefighters cut the roof off the vehicle to aid the rescue and Flamborough Lifeboat was sent out to assist, but the car had settled part-way down the cliff some distance from the sea.

The woman, who lives locally, was airlifted to Scarborough Hospital by the RAF Sea King helicopter at around 8.30am.

Sgt Dave Dosdale, of Humberside Police, said the rescue had been a success.

“The woman was conscious and breathing and we are hopeful she will make a full recovery,” he said.

“She was airlifted to Scarborough Hospital with a doctor, and officers have gone down there to make sure that she is OK.”

He added: “Everybody works really well together in Bridlington.

“It is a really good relationship between the different emergency services which has meant we could respond together so effectively.”

The rescue mission involved five fire engines, numerous police vehicles and coastguard teams.

The road leading to Thornwick Bay was cordoned off by police for around two hours.

The cliff rescue team searched the area nearby to see if anyone else was involved in the incident, but found nothing, and the car was retrieved from the embankment and taken away by the recovery service.