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PALOS VERDES (CBSLA.com) — A man was hospitalized Friday after he drove his car over a cliff and it landed in the ocean off Palos Verdes.

The accident was reported around 2 a.m. in the 1300 block of Paseo del Mar, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Rescuers found the 19-year-old driver in the partially submerged car, about 300 feet below the cliff.

“It was well damaged and he was apparently trapped inside the vehicle with water rushing in,” Cpt. Don Tianaka said.

The driver was flashing a light at rescuers to alert them of his location and condition.

“It was reported that he said he didn’t want to drown. He did state that he did it on purpose, to drive over the side,” Cpt. Tianaka said.

He was rescued and airlifted to Habor UCLA Medical Center in unknown  condition.

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