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Harbour crash driver is lucky to be alive

A motorist had a miraculous escape after his car ploughed through a wall and plunged into Hamilton Harbour in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Gerry Wilmot, 23, was driving his car along Harbour Road in Paget just after 4am when he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel. The car smashed through a stone wall near the Lower Ferry Dock and crashed into the water, where it eventually sank.

Mr Wilmot, an unemployed truck driver from Warwick, escaped through an open window before his vehicle submerged, and was able to swim ashore. The only injury he sustained was a cut to his hand.

Yesterday Mr Wilmot’s mother, Aletha, told

The Royal Gazette that her son was lucky to be alive.

“It was an horrific experience for him — he was certainly blessed to escape,” Mrs Wilmot said.

“He told me that he fell asleep at the wheel, but luckily he had a window open, which he normally doesn’t do.

“The next thing he knew, he’s being woken up by the cold water slapping him in the face.”

Once on dry land, Mr Wilmot called on several homes in the area in an attempt to raise the alarm. He was eventually able to telephone his mother who picked him up.

“Everything went down with the car, including his phone,” Mrs Wilmot said.

“We’re just very thankful and relieved that he got out. I have seen movies where people are trapped in their cars underwater and they’re trying to kick the window out. If all of his windows had been closed, I dread to think what would have happened.”

A police spokesman said that an investigation into the accident has been launched.

Submerged: The car which went through a wall on Harbour Road early yesterday (Photo Glenn Tucker)

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Published May 17, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm)

Harbour crash driver is lucky to be alive

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