Pair escape as Uber plunges into sea in Cannes

A mobile phone with the Uber appImage source, Reuters

Two Britons managed to escape a sinking Uber car after it drove into the sea off the French Riviera.

Nick Christoforou managed to open the door and swim to safety after the vehicle plunged off the end of a jetty in Cannes.

He said he was then able to find fellow passenger Sophia Toon. Had it not been for his actions, they "would all be 100% dead", he told the Sun newspaper.

Uber said the driver, who also escaped, was "no longer able" to use its app.

He was reportedly breathalysed and found to be sober.

Still charged

Images showed the Citroen DS5 partially submerged in 10ft (3m) of water at Port Pierre Canto.

"One minute I was in the back of an Uber heading home, and the next I was in the sea," said 31-year-old Mr Christoforou, from north London,

"I managed to get the car door open and got to the surface to find the others.

"If I wasn't in a fit and able state we would all be 100% dead."

The ride-hailing app reportedly still charged him for the trip, although the fare has since been refunded.

An Uber spokeswoman told the newspaper: "We contacted both passengers to ensure they were OK and are offering counselling while they await the outcome of their [insurance] claim.