Trip to the water was too close
GERMAN tourist Udo Handschuh wanted to get closer to the water, but not this close!
The 51-year-old parked his rental car near the southern breakwall at Coffs Harbour yesterday morning and went for a walk to take some photographs of his visit.
But when he turned around, he saw the Toyota Camry plunge some five metres down the embankment and onto the rocky beach below, pulling up just short of the waves crashing nearby.
"I thought to myself 'this is terrible'," Udo said.
"I thought I was dreaming, but it's better than me being dead."
He was sure he had left the car in park. Either way, a tow truck was required to retrieve the vehicle.
"I've driven for over 13 years in Germany and had no accidents. I come to Australia and I am parking here on the beach," he said.
This is Udo's first visit to Australia, and he's given himself three weeks to see and do as much as he can.