Kyle RNLI called out to a car submerged in the sea off the Skye coast

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Kyle’s volunteer crew were paged by the UK Coastguard after a car had ran off the side of the pier and fallen into the sea at Kylerhea

Car in the sea next to Kylerhea pier

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Car in the sea next to Kylerhea pier

Kyle lifeboat ‘The Spirit of Fred. Olsen’ launched at 1.15pm after reports were received of a car falling off the side of the Kylerhea pier and landing in the sea. The lifeboat made best speed towards the area, and arrived on scene at 1.25pm to find the car partially submerged.

The lifeboat put 2 crew members ashore to assess the situation and check on the welfare of the cars occupants. Once it was ascertained that nobody had been inside the vehicle when it went off the pier and the passengers were all uninjured, 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.

Speaking of the incident, a Kyle RNLI spokesperson said: ‘Luckily the car was unoccupied when it rolled half way down the pier and fell off the edge. 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’.

Notes to editors

· Higher resolution versions of the pictures are available if needed

· For further information on the vehicle or its occupants please contact the UK Coastguard

· This is the 4th callout for Kyle lifeboat in the past week

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Car partially submerged

RNLI/Andrew MacDonald

Car partially submerged

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