San Diego Area: Driver rescued from the cliffs of La Jolla Cove

On Saturday, firefighters rescued a man whose car had gone off the road in La Jolla and was dangling off a cliff.

Around 5:30 p.m., the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department received a call about the incident.


Mitchell said he began watching the rescue while finishing up work at the restaurant, which faces the ocean.

“It was very worrisome at first because you just want to know,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t know how far it was off the edge, then I came down here and it was the front two tires off. It was a lot more nerve-wracking down at this view than up at my angle.”

According to firefighters, the driver of the white SUV was parked on Coast Boulevard facing the ocean when it went over the cliff for unknown reasons.

Because high surf waves were just beneath the vehicle, it was a major concern for first responders.

Battalion Chief Dave Seneviratne said, “Sheer luck the car landed where it was."

To secure the car, crews used ropes, a life pulley system with their aerial ladder, and lifeguards were on standby to rescue the man.

It took about an hour and a half to complete the rescue. According to Seneviratne, the man has minor injuries.

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