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A pickup vehicle ended up partially sinking into a Harris beach.



Race against the tide to save stuck pickup truck from beach

4 May 2017

Photo by Anish Toor

Cockle pickers drove their 4x4 up onto the sands at Seilebost but it got stuck up to its axles.

The driver feared the pristine beach and a nearby salmon pool on the Luskentyre estuary would be polluted if the tide swamped the vehicle.

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said Stornoway coastguards received a call around 6.30pm on Wednesday reporting a vehicle bogged down on the beach on the west coast of Harris.

The vehicle wouldn’t budge and a crowd of locals helped the local volunteer coastguard rescue team to save the vehicle.

Working against the clock, they eventually dug the vehicle out. Planks were laid across the sand to give some traction and the pickup was safely recovered late at night.

Local teenager, Anish Toor, was amongst the squad hauling it out.


He took a photo as the vehicle owner wanted to highlight the hazards.


Anish urged: “Please don't take your vehicles on the sands at Luskentyre / Seilibost.


“After three and a half hours, most of the Borve lodge estate staff, a lot of men and boys from the village and surrounding area, it is finally out.”