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Terrifying Experience

PUBLISHED: 17:44 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 July 2010

DRAMATIC: The remarkable moment when a female driver and her two dogs came within inches of oblivion in a Ford Mondeo

DRAMATIC: The remarkable moment when a female driver and her two dogs came within inches of oblivion in a Ford Mondeo

This remarkable picture shows a Ford Mondeo teetering on the brink of oblivion at Scratby - two Golden Retrievers bouncing around in the back.

The drama, captured here by a fellow dogwalker, unfolded after the woman motorist had driven to the cliff top car park at about 7.

This remarkable picture shows a Ford Mondeo teetering on the brink of oblivion at Scratby - two Golden Retrievers bouncing around in the back.

The drama, captured here by a fellow dogwalker, unfolded after the woman motorist had driven to the cliff top car park at about 7.40am to walk her dogs and accidentally hit the accelerator pedal instead of the brakes.

The woman, who is believed to be from Gorleston and be in her 50s, managed to leap clear of the automatic vehicle but her dogs were left in the back as the end of the car swayed dangerously over the precipice.

For her it was a terrifying experience with eyewitnesses saying she was shaking as she grappled with her mobile phone to summon help.

But for holidaymaker Russell Grover, 24, from Wolverhampton it was a dramatic photo opportunity with his picture clearly showing how it lurched precariously over a 100ft drop.

Police from Caister were first on the scene at Rottenstone Lane and they managed to tie the vehicle to a lamp post to prevent it from sliding further over.

One fire crew from Great Yarmouth then hauled the car to safety and then gingerly approached the vehicle to put a winch on it and pull it to terra firma.

Crew manager Martin Hudson said: “It appears the woman hit the accelerator rather than the brake.

“If the safety rail had not been there then the outcome could have been catastrophic.

“The dogs were very pleased to see their owner again.”

Mr Grover who is staying at Green Farm Holiday Park with his partner Catherine Lissaman, said: “It was like seeing something for the television programme You've Been Framed. The woman looked very shaken about what was happening to her dogs.”

The woman had to wait for the AA to tow her Mondeo away as its exhaust was ripped off as she reversed over the cliff.

Sgt Caroline Adams, from Caister police said: “Thankfully the woman and dogs were all rescued unhurt, although they were rather traumatised by their experience.

“This was a very successful outcome to an incident that had the potential to have ended very differently.”


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