Out of control car goes over cliff

Launch No: 222
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Location: Warren Cove, Start Bay.
Car out of control goes over cliff
Photo: Andy Carter Dartmouth Coastguard
Car out of control goes over cliff

The Dart RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked by the Coastguard following a report that a Landrover had gone backwards over the 70 metre (230 foot) cliff at Warren Cove, Little Dartmouth. Two holidaymakers had been fishing at Warren Point with their sons. They brought their vehicle to the cliff top and lost control on the steep slope on their return. The boys were not in the vehicle and the adults got out before the vehicle was lost over the cliff. The car came to rest on rocks some 50 feet above the water line. The lifeboat crew checked the scene from the water and, having been informed by the Police and Coastguard that no casualties were involved, returned to station. [The photograph of the vehicle was taken by a member of the Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team wearing a safety line over the cliff. It is not possible to see the vehicle from the cliff top and should not be attempted]

Dartmouth Coastguard descend to check the vehicle
Photo: John Fenton Dart Lifeboat LPO
Dartmouth Coastguard descend to check the vehicle


Request Received 5:22pm
Time at incident 13 minutes
Time to recovery 48 minutes
Back on Service 6:25pm


Sea/River State Heavy rain. Poor visibility. 2.5m swell
Wind Direction Southeast
Wind Strength 19-24 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Andy Pomeroy
Kevin Murphy

Shore Crew

Pete Callis (Tractor Driver)
Yorkie Lomas

Deputy Launch Authority

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