Monday 20 November 2017

Man cut free from car after it goes over beachside promenade

Picture Sheila's Portstewart
Picture Sheila's Portstewart

Claire Williamson

A man has been cut free from his car after it went over the wall of the Portstewart promenade in Derry.

It happened on Thursday morning in the Crescent area of the seaside town just before 10.30am.

Locals reported hearing a loud bang as the incident happened.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were called to the report of a one vehicle crash.

Three fire crews attended from Coleraine, Portstewart and Portrush.

Firefighters using cutting equipment freed the man from the car.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: "Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 10:48am.”

John Bradley, the owner of a nearby store Sheila's Portstewart, said there were no railings at that particular stretch of road at present and that it had happened before.

He said: "The car has been removed. My brother-in law was nearby and he just heard a big bang.

In 2013 a couple in their late 80s  had a miraculous escape after their car shot off the edge of the promenade and crashed onto rocks 20ft below.

They attempted to leave the car park beside the Crescent's karting area but instead of reversing, the vehicle shot forward, falling off the edge of the walkway and landing on rocks.

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