26 Apr 2013

Pair rescued from car dangling over bank

6:30 pm on 26 April 2013

Firefighters hauled a mother and son to safety after their car plunged over a steep bank in Northland.

Kawakawa chief fire officer Wayne Martin said it's thought the son, in his late teens, was driving when he lost control on a bend coming down the Turntable Hill near Kawakawa.

He said the late model hatchback ended up five metres down a 100-metre drop supported only by vegetation.

Mr Martin said the fire crew pulled the frightened pair to safety through the rear hatch of the vehicle after securing it with strops to a large truck.

He says the mother was shocked but apparently unhurt, while her son has a suspected minor back injury. The woman and her son are from Auckland.