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Man Drives Off 300-Foot Cliff Into Ocean In Suicide Attempt

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A 19-year-old man was rescued after he drove his car off of a cliff in Palos Verdes Estates in an apparent suicide attempt today.L.A. County Fire Department rescued the driver, whose named is being withheld, out of his car that was found 300 feet below the cliff in the ocean, according to KTLA. He had driven the car over the edge near the 1300 block of Paseo Del Mar around 2 a.m.

The driver was found when he flashed a light to get the attention of others. He was trapped in the car, while water was rushing into the vehicle. It took authorities about an hour-and-a-half to rescue him, and he had become unconscious by that point.

“It was reported that he said he didn’t want to drown. He did state that he did it on purpose, to drive over the side,” Cpt. Don Tianaka told CBS Los Angeles.

The man was airlifted to Harbor UCLA Medical Center and is in serious condition.

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If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.