Woman ‘miraculously’ survives after vehicle plunges off cliff in San Francisco

From the top of a cliff, a car is seen upside down in sand, with about a dozen firefighters nearby.
Firefighters near a vehicle that plunged off a cliff at Ft. Funston in San Francisco on Friday.
(San Francisco Fire Department via Tribune News Service)

Firefighters rescued a woman who “miraculously” survived after her vehicle plunged off a cliff, authorities said Friday morning.

Shortly before 8:40 a.m., firefighters responded to reports of the vehicle leaving the roadway near Ft. Funston off Skyline Boulevard.

When firefighters arrived, they found the wrecked vehicle about 200 feet below on Funston Beach, and rescued a woman “miraculously in stable condition.” They took her to an ambulance at a Noriega Street access point.

The woman was taken to a trauma center, where she was listed in serious condition.


In a social media post, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area thanked first responders: “Our thanks to the men and women of @SFFDPIO, @GGNRANPSAlerts, and @USPP_SFFO that responded to this vehicle accident below Ft. Funston. Please stay clear of vehicle while we work to remove it over the next few days.”

The fort’s cliffs, which have been a popular hangout spot for hikers and hang-gliders, has also been a regular site of visitor rescues, with firefighters responding to the site to rescue a father and son in September and as recently as Wednesday to rescue a person with a dog.