The California Fire Department’s San Mateo-Santa Cruz Squadron said the vehicle was traveling south on the Pacific Coast Highway when it tumbled off the cliffs of Devil’s Slide south of the Tom Lantos Tunnel and landed in the water.
CAL FIRE/Coastside Fire Incident Commander Brian Pottenger said the car rolled over and fell, landing on its wheels. A witness saw the accident and called 911.
As I was unloading the crew, I saw movement in the front seat through my binoculars.
“It was a shock when we found the victim alive in the car. It was a very hopeful moment for us,” Pottenger said.
Firefighters called in helicopters and hoisted the survivors to safety. While we waited, firefighters rappelled down to rescue two children.
The California Highway Patrol has released a video on social media showing a helicopter dropping a first responder to the scene and rescuing and rescuing two adults inside.
All four were hospitalized. The San Mateo Sheriff’s Office said the two adults were not in a life-threatening condition and the two children were unharmed.
It is unknown what caused the car to fall off the cliff. The CHP is in charge of the investigation.