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After Two Days In The Wilderness, Rescuers Save Man Whose Car Plummeted Off California Cliff

A two-photo collage. The first shows a top-down view of someone on a rescue chopper preparing to descend, water below them. The second image shows the view from that person's perspective. Looking down, we see a stranded car on a cliffside.

On Sunday night, a Californian man was ready to go home after a long day at work. On his drive home, he passes by Big Sur, a popular area for hiking and scenic drives. But on this particular drive home, a deer causes him to swerve. In turn, his car plummets down the side of a cliff — 400 feet down, to be exact.

In time, folks worry when the man doesn’t return home that night. While a rescue mission is put in place, the stranded man simply waits. And waits. And waits. Two whole days pass when, finally, the help he desperately needs arrives!

Far-away view of a cliff side at Big Sur as seen from a rescue chopper.

Turns out, the area the man found himself in is near a beach with no access or trails. It also can’t be seen from the road. And because he was ejected through the sunroof as his car slid down the hill, he was too injured to walk much on his own.

Man Rescued After Car Plummets Down a Cliff in Big Sur

View from someone on a rescue chopper. Looking down, we see a stranded car on a cliffside.

What he was able to do, though, was wave a makeshift flag for rescuers to see him. Fire Chief Matt Harris was the first to reach the injured man by climbing down. From there, the two were airlifted. Surprisingly, the man only has moderate injuries, including one to his right leg.

What could have turned into a fatal accident ends with a successful rescue — how incredible is that? The InspireMore team wishes him a speedy recovery!

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