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

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A family had a lucky escape after their car ran off the side of the pier at Kylerhea on Skye on Sunday, landing in the sea.

Kyle lifeboat ‘The Spirit of Fred Olsen’ launched at 1.15pm after its volunteer crew were paged by the UK Coastguard and made best speed towards the area, arriving on scene at 1.25pm to find the car partially submerged.

The lifeboat put two crew members ashore to assess the situation and check on the welfare of the car’s occupants.

Once an investigation confirmed that nobody was inside the car 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, the fourth call-out for the Kyle lifeboat in a week, a Kyle RNLI spokesperson commented: ‘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.

‘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.