RNLI's Kyle of Lochalsh lifeboat called out after car falls into the sea off Skye at Kylerhea
THE Kyle of Lochalsh lifeboat crew were called into action when a car rolled into the sea at a popular Skye tourist spot.
The RNLI crew were scrambled at 1.15pm after reports came in that a car had fallen off the side of the pier at Kylerhea and ended in the sea.
The crew arrived on scene at 1.25pm to find the car partially submerged. It was unoccupied at the time of the incident.
The lifeboat put two crew members ashore to assess the situation and check on the welfare of the car's occupants. Once it was ascertained that nobody had been inside the vehicle when it went off the pier and that no one was injured, the lifeboat stood by until local land based Coastguard units arrived.
As the tide was coming in and the car was in danger of becoming fully submerged, the lifeboat crew assisted with securing the vehicle to the pier to enable the car to be recovered.
The lifeboat was then stood down, and returned to Kyle where its was refuelled and made ready for service by 2.30pm.
"Luckily the car was unoccupied when it rolled half way down the pier and fell off the edge," said a spokesman for the RNLI. "Due to the rapidly incoming tide, it wouldn’t be long before the car was fully submerged making it very difficult to recover out of the sea.
"Therefore before departing the scene the crew assisted with running lines to the shore to ensure that nobody else would have to enter the water during the recovery process later in the day."