Driver’s incredible escape from car rolling off cliff edge at ‘Dracula’s castle’

A man had a dramatic escape as he leaped from a car seconds before it rolled toward a cliff edge close to the castle which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

The vehicle was only stopped from plummeting into the sea when it hit a boulder at Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

It had rolled down an embankment, and incredibly the driver escaped serious injury.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 4.15pm today.

The man was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for a check-up, police said, and the vehicle was recovered.

Peterhead RNLI lifeboat stood by to provide safety cover during the rescue.

An RNLI spokesman said: "The RNLI Peterhead Tamar lifeboat The Misses Robertson of Kintail was requested to launch by UK Coastguard on Sunday 3 June 2018 at 4.13 pm with its volunteer crew, to provide safety cover for the rescue of a car which had gone over an embankment metres from cliffs near to Slains castle.

"The occupant of the vehicle was taken to hospital in Aberdeen by ambulance. Police and coastguard were also in attendance.

"The lifeboat was stood down at 7.45pm after the vehicle was recovered."

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