Friday, May 13, 2005

Car damaged after rock fall outside cave

A large falling rock damaged a car parked on the hill leading to St Michael’s Cave yesterday and narrowly missed a security guard and several tourists who were standing nearby.

The vehicle, registered in Spain, was empty at the time and no one was hurt in the incident.

Police sealed the road while the government’s safety officer inspected the area to declare it safe before the rock could be removed.

“It came belting down,” said one witness at the scene, obviously shaken by what had occurred.

“It’s not like it’s a little thing, it’s a big rock.”

The car park outside St Michael’s Cave had been cleared to make space for a number of coaches carrying cruise passengers from a visiting ship, which meant tourists in private vehicles had been asked to park on the hill.

Visitors arriving at the Upper Rock Nature Reserve while the road to St Michael’s Cave was closed were given free access to compensate for missing out on one of Gibraltar’s key attractions.

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