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PostSubject: Boy jumps clear as 4WD plunges over cliff   November 3rd 2009, 5:39 am

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,26298823-421,00.html

A SEVEN-year-old boy, who apparently released the parking brake in his parents' four-wheel drive, has jumped to safety just before the car rolled over an eight-metre cliff south of Sydney.

Police say the boy's parents parked the car in the driveway of their home on Mountain Rd, in Austinmer, just after 9.30am (AEDT) today.

But shortly after they and their seven-year-old son had gone inside the house, they noticed the boy was missing.

Unknown to them the boy had hopped back in the vehicle, with one witness saying he released the parking brake, sending the vehicle careering down the 30m driveway.

The car then crossed busy Lawrence Hargrave Dr, knocked out two fences and plunged over an eight-metre embankment onto the beach below.

Miraculously, the boy either jumped or was thrown from the vehicle just metres from the cliff edge, landing in a patch of lantana, police said.

A witness who called Fairfax Radio Network said the boy jumped out the window of the 4WD only three metres from the embankment.
"A small boy was in the vehicle and let the handbrake (off) ... and the car rolled across Lawrence Hargrave Dr, across the highway, down a concrete path, tore out about 30m of a white fence and he jumped out the window just as it went over the cliff," the witness, named Steve, said.

A police spokeswoman said the boy had "redefined the word lucky".

They had yet to establish whether he jumped or was thrown from the runaway 4WD, she said.

The boy was taken to Wollongong Hospital to be treated for cuts and bruises, she said.

"Wollongong Police are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances leading up the incident," she said.

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PostSubject: Re: Boy jumps clear as 4WD plunges over cliff   November 3rd 2009, 5:49 am

OMG a very lucky boy indeed,and here i am worrying about my son falling off a swing set,i cant imagine what the parents would have gone thru or the witness,glad to hear the boys okay
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PostSubject: Re: Boy jumps clear as 4WD plunges over cliff   November 3rd 2009, 6:49 am

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lucky is an understatement! those poor parents! i wouldve had to go to hospital to be treated for shock i reckon! just goes to show ya cant ever take your eyes off your children! regardless of their age!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Boy jumps clear as 4WD plunges over cliff   November 3rd 2009, 8:51 am

Didyou see the pic of the cliff in the link? He was such a lucky kid!

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PostSubject: Re: Boy jumps clear as 4WD plunges over cliff   November 3rd 2009, 11:11 am

yeah i saw that!!!! he was bloody lucky to say the least!

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