Police confirm man dies after car goes over cliffs at Sidmouth

Police have confirmed a man has died after a car went over the cliff at Peak Hill, Sidmouth, this morning, landing on the beach below.

The emergency services were called to Sidmouth shortly before 9.30am this morning, Wednesday, November 6, where they confirmed a car went over a cliff.

A man was pronounced dead at the scene and police are working to establish his identity.

The coastguard helicopter team removed the casualty from the vehicle shortly after 10.30am.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: “A man has died after a vehicle went over cliffs in Peak Hill Road, Sidmouth, this morning, Wednesday 6 November.

“Emergency services were called at 9.25am. The vehicle ended up on the beach.

“A man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“Police are currently working to establish his identity.

​”Work is currently being done to recover the vehicle.”

The beach at Jacobs Ladder remains closed to the public, and road closures remain in place, while the emergency services recover the car from the incoming tide.

Police said a car went over the cliff from Peak Hill Road, landing on the beach below.

Coastguard teams from Exmouth and Beer responded and the Coastguard Rescue helicopter from St Athan, also the air ambulance, plus police and the fire service Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR).

Sidmouth and Exmouth lifeboats were launched and Sidmouth Rescue Ski was tasked to the shallow water.

A Sidmouth Lifeboat spokeswoman said: “Sidmouth Lifeboat launched on service following reports of a car having gone over the cliff at Peak Hill, Sidmouth.

“Crew put ashore, first on scene, rapidly joined by other emergency services including Coastguard cliff rescue teams, Devon Air Ambulance, Coastguard, fire service, USAR and police.

“Sidmouth Rescue Ski was also on scene due to the shallow water at the location.

“The casualty was extracted by Coastguard. The lifeboat crew returned to the lifeboat, which was then stood down.”

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