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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Man escapes from car after driving off pier

A MAN is in hospital after driving his car off a pier.

Askam Pier
The car in the Duddon Estuary after leaving the pier at Askam. JON GRANGER REF:50023767B015

A spokeswoman for the Coastguard in the North West said a call came in from a member of the public at around 10am yesterday, saying a car had gone off the pier in Askam and into the Duddon Estuary.

The man driving the car managed to escape from the car and was helped ashore by a member of the public, before teams from Walney Coastguard, Millom Coastguard and Duddon Inshore Rescue made it to the scene.

The police also attended the incident.

The driver was checked over by paramedics at the scene and taken to Furness General Hospital by ambulance.

He is said to be shaken, but not badly hurt.

A police spokeswoman said he was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The coastguard hoped to recover the car some time yesterday afternoon.

 

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