Van plunges off cliffs at Capel....22 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 22, 2003 - 02:53 PM

A 26-year-old Folkestone man was seriously injured after his van plunged down cliffs at Capel le Ferne.

The Kent Air Ambulance airlifted the man to the William Harvey Hospital.

The van fell more than 250 feet off the cliff, missing the electrified railway line below, andcoming to rest in thick undergrowth.

A witness called police after seeing the van going over the cliff near Winehouse Lane in Capel le Ferne.

Police, fire, ambulance and coastguards, worked for over an hour to free the man. An RAF rescue helicopter was also called to the scene.

Trains continued to operate on the line during the rescue but were proceeding with caution past the crash site.