A man is in stable condition after driving his vehicle over the cliff south of the Devil’s Slide tunnel on Thursday morning, authorities said.
California Highway Patrol public information officer Mark Andrews said an officer was patrolling the area this morning when he noticed tire marks heading off the side of the cliff and saw the car in the water below. Andrews said the man, identified as a 21-year-old man, had already exited the car and had begun climbing up the cliff before the officer told him to wait for assistance.
Cal Fire spokeswoman Cecile Juliette said the officer called for help at 8:35 a.m. Roughly 20 minutes later, fire crews pulled the man to safety. The man was in stable condition but was treated for injuries before being taken to the hospital after complaining of pain.
The man told officers he was the only person in the vehicle. Fire crews from the Coastside Fire Protection District, San Mateo County and the North County Fire Authority responded to the incident. The San Mateo County Harbor District also had personnel on the water.
Andrews said the car, a 2005 Honda Civic, will remain in the water until it can be recovered when the tide and swell drop.
This version drops the ethnicity of the driver. It is Review policy to include ethnicity only when relevant to the story.