Driver Plunges Off 300-Foot Cliff, Survives
It may have been a suicide attempt
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2013 1:05 PM CST
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(Newser) – A pretty amazing rescue story out of Southern California, where a 19-year-old driver went over a 300-foot cliff and onto the shoreline of the ocean—and survived. Rescue crews arrived at the scene in Palos Verdes Estates, located just south of Los Angeles, around 2am today. Waves smashed into the car as the rescuers (area police, firefighters, and lifeguards) attempted to reach it, apparently aided by a small light, possibly from a cellphone, that the driver was able to shine; it took them 90 minutes to get to him, reports KTLA.

The then-unconscious male was removed from the car and airlifted to a medical center, where he is in what the Los Angeles Times reports is "extremely critical condition." Police are investigating whether it was a suicide attempt, with a fire captain telling NBC LA that the man said "he did this on purpose."

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sageguy
Dec 29, 2013 9:58 AM CST
Putting aside the societal aspects of this teen drama, with all that rescue equipment and services used to save this kid's life, who pays for this? Does the city or county swallow this or does the kid's parents eat some of it? I'm guessing 10 grand at least.
toryd
Dec 28, 2013 3:01 AM CST
As my 19-year-old son wrote on a paper about teen-age problems back when he was in high school, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem (author unknown). No doubt some kids do have serious problems in their lives, and they feel they will never be able to resolve them, but time heals and if they can get through the bad times, they will be able to be in control as they grow into adults.
Barbara Kemp
Dec 27, 2013 11:15 PM CST
WELL AT LEAST THE KID DID NOT TAKE A GUN AND GO KILL KIDS AND ADULTS BEFORE HE TRYED TO TAKE HIMSELF OUT, SO WE ARE ALL GLAD FOR THAT ONE, NOW YES, HOW BAD CAN LIFE BE FOR A 19 YEAR OLD, WELL PRETTY BAD IF YOU HAVE NO ONE TO GET YOU THRU THE BAD TIMES OF LIFE, SO SINCE HE DID NOT WANT TO HURT ANYONE OTHER THEN HIMSELF, JUST GOES TO PROVE THAT WHEN GOD WANTS YOU HE WILL LET YOU COME TO HIM, BUT WHEN HE DOES NOT HE WILL LET YOU LIVE ON, HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WILL GET THIS KID LOTS OF HELP AND IF HE DOES MAKE IT, I AM SURE SOMEDAY HE WILL LOOK BACK ON ALL OF THIS, AND SAY THANK GOD I DID NOT COMPLETE THE JOB OVER STUPID. THEN BE VERY THANKFUL YOU GET A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE, A LOT OF US DO NOT. I WILL SURELY PRAY FOR THIS KID, SINCE LIFE DOES HAVE A WAY OF DUMPING ON YOU SOMETIMES SO BAD, YOU JUST NEVER THINK YOU WILL COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE A LOT SMARTER. SO GOD PROTECT THIS KID, SINCE HE SURELY NEEDS ALL OF OUR LOVE AND HELP IN HIS TIME OF PAIN. DISCLAIMER, TYPING IN CAPS DUE TO MY EYES, NOT SCREAMING. LOL