The 35-year-old escaped death after a dramatic rescue on the steep grassy coastal cliff at Thornwick Bay, East Yorkshire The womans red Fiat Punto was so badly damaged she had to be cut free but miraculously her injuries are not life threatening. Coastguard and fire rescue crews said the situation could have been much worse if the car had rolled just a few yards more to a further 40-foot drop onto jagged rocks. The woman was winched to safety by a Leconfield-based RAF search and rescue helicopter crew shortly. Humberside Police are now investigating how the car left the road and rolled down the cliff side. Marine and Coastguard Agency watch manager Andrew Mahood said the vehicle had rolled close to a steep drop. He said: 'The car had gone down the steep grass embankment and stopped on a flat area. As it has gone down, it had tumbled a couple of times and landed on its wheels. It landed on flat ground, otherwise it could have carried on over and landed on the rocks at the bottom of the cliff. It was on the edge before a steep drop of 30 to 40ft on to the rocks below. The Flamborough lifeboat was launched and a doctor was called to the scene. Rope equipment was used to enable rescuers to reach the vehicle with heavy cutting equipment as a helicopter waited to airlift the occupant to Scarborough Hospital. DM