PACIFICA (CBS SF) — A person was once rescued Friday after his van plunged greater than 100 foot off a cliff and crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Highway 1 out of doors the Devil Slide’s tunnel, government mentioned.
Cal Fire Battalion Chief David Cosgrave mentioned the motive force “swerved and then careened over the edge and into the ocean.”
The California Highway Patrol reported the coincidence on Highway 1 between Montara State Beach and Gray Whale Cove at 7:52 a.m. On helicopter video, a person was once observed being aided at the rocks via rescue staff participants who had repelled down the cliff.
“We arrived on the scene to find the vehicle completely submerged,” Cosgrave mentioned. “The van was in the surf line in a deep ravine.”
Cosgrove mentioned the one occupant of the van had already gotten out of the car and scurried up the rocks.
The guy was once pulled up the cliff and seemed to not be critically injured. He was once loaded onto a stretcher and brought via ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital. His situation was once no longer straight away recognized.
“He claimed to not have any serious injuries,” Cosgrove instructed journalists. “We were able to bring him up on a rope system and he was treated for paramedics for hypothermia.”
Meanwhile, the closely broken van was once partly submerged and bobbing within the surf, crashing into the bottom of the cliff.
“It’s underwater and probably won’t be recovered,” Cosgrove mentioned of the van.
Rescue groups from San Mateo County, the CHP And the Coast Guard had been at the scene.
The CHP mentioned the coincidence remained below investigation, nevertheless it was once believed to be brought about via driving force error. Alcohol or medicine weren’t concerned within the crash.