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Lucky escape: Sports car driver walks away unharmed after car plunges into sea

David Mercer

Published 11/10/2015 | 18:25

Handout photo issued by RNLI Teignmouth of a BMW Z3 convertible overturned as it crashed into the water near Teignmouth in Devon at around 8am. RNLI Teignmouth/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by RNLI Teignmouth of a BMW Z3 convertible overturned as it crashed into the water near Teignmouth in Devon at around 8am. RNLI Teignmouth/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by RNLI Teignmouth of a BMW Z3 convertible overturned as it crashed into the water near Teignmouth in Devon at around 8am. RNLI Teignmouth/PA Wire

The driver of a sports car had a lucky escape after plunging almost 20ft into the sea.

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The BMW Z3 convertible overturned as it crashed into the water near Teignmouth in Devon at around 8am.

Handout photo issued by RNLI Teignmouth of a BMW Z3 convertible overturned as it crashed into the water near Teignmouth in Devon at around 8am.
RNLI Teignmouth/PA Wire
Handout photo issued by RNLI Teignmouth of a BMW Z3 convertible overturned as it crashed into the water near Teignmouth in Devon at around 8am. RNLI Teignmouth/PA Wire

The driver - reported to be 37-year-old man - managed to get out of the car and reach the water's edge, a spokesman for RNLI Teignmouth said.

The car was then left upside on the beach after the tide went out.

Tony Watson, spokesman for RNLI Teignmouth, said: "We were called at about 8.15am to help with a car that was upside down in the water.

"The driver had got out of the car and walked back to Teignmouth which is about half a mile."

The car was travelling down a narrow coastal path between the mainline railway and the sea at Sprey Point when it crashed.

A coastguard spokeswoman said: "When we arrived the man had already been recovered from the vehicle. The ambulance service treated him at the scene."

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