West Van police rescue man after car plunges down steep mountain ravine

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A pair of backcountry-savvy West Vancouver cops managed to rescue a driver after his car plunged over a steep embankment early this morning on Cypress Bowl Road.

Just before 1 a.m. police responded to a call of an erratically driven car when they spotted a Mitsubishi Lancer just before it disappeared from the mountain road and plummeted down a 70-foot ravine, landing on its roof.

Turns out the officers, two of whom were avid backcountry hikers, were well prepared to rescue the injured driver, despite the wintery conditions.

One officer had a crampons in his cruiser and a second officer, a dog handler, used some dog leashes to create  a harness, according to a WVPD release.

Quickly, they reached the upside-down car. The driver had survived the tumble but was unresponsive.

The officers managed to get the man up the embankment where he was treated by ambulance and fire department responders.

Police say the man has been taken to Lions Gate Hospital and that "although his condition is serious, he's expected to survive."

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