Man rescued after car plunges 60 feet off Lake Superior cliff


A man was found conscious in bitter cold temperatures Tuesday morning after the car he was riding in crashed through a guardrail and went off a cliff in Duluth.

The Duluth News Tribune reports during the 60-foot fall, the car bounced off a boulder before coming to a stop just feet from ice-covered Lake Superior.

The newspaper says Ken Greshowak, who lives on the 8700 block of Congdon Blvd, was leaving for work around 7 a.m. when he spotted the busted guardrail, which led him to the mangled vehicle at the cliff's bottom.

"I thought somebody could be down there, so I yelled, and this guy lifts his head up out of the window,” Greshowak told the Duluth News Tribune. “The adrenaline immediately started running.”

Greshowak called 911 and took a path down the cliff, where he found a man sitting in the car's passenger seat, bloodied and dazed, according to the newspaper.

He said the victim "was in pretty tough shape. I saw that he only had a T-shirt on and I couldn't understand his speech. I thought this guy was going into shock so I took my coat off and put that on him and gave him reassurance that help was on the way," Greshowak told WDIO.

When rescue crews arrived, the man was placed on a stretcher and pulled up the hill by ropes.

Greshowak said the victim, who has not been identified, was also probably pretty cold. The newspaper says temperatures were in the double digits below zero Tuesday morning.

It was reported earlier that it's unclear if anyone else was inside the car at the time of the crash, which likely happened sometime overnight.

The condition of the victim in unknown.

WDIO has photos from the scene.

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