WATCH: Surf Slams Into Rescuers in Cliff Crash

Heavy surf pounds the wreckage of a crashed car as firefighters rescue its driver

By Samia Khan, Jonathan Lloyd and Reggie Kumar
|  Saturday, Dec 28, 2013  |  Updated 11:55 AM EDT
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A 19-year-old man was rescued by firefighters after the car he was driving plunged about 300 feet off a cliff and into the ocean. The man, listed in critical condition, apparently told authorities that he crashed on purpose. Reggie Kumar reports from Palos Verdes Estates for Today in LA on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

A 19-year-old man was rescued by firefighters after the car he was driving plunged about 300 feet off a cliff and into the ocean. The man, listed in critical condition, apparently told authorities that he crashed on purpose. Reggie Kumar reports from Palos Verdes Estates for Today in LA on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

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Surf Slams Firefighters in Cliff Crash Rescue

Firefighters rescue a driver who crashed off a cliff and into heavy surf below Palos Verdes Estates.
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A 19-year-old man who crashed his car down a 300-foot cliff may have been trying to kill himself, police said.

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Firefighters risked their lives as they pulled the man out of his trapped vehicle as it was being lashed by waves.

The rescue happened at 2 a.m. Friday at the Bluff Cove (map) area of Palos Verdes Estates, about 25 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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Waves slammed into the car, rocking it back and forth, as rescue personnel attempted to reach the driver. No one else was in the car.

The man was airlifted him to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.

A fire captain said the act was intentional.

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