Coastguard warning after car found stuck in sand on Scots beach

The vehicle was found stuck in sand in the Outer Hebrides.

Coastguard warning after car found stuck in sand on beach in Outer Hebrides HM Coastguard
Warning: Car found on beach.

HM Coastguard has issued a warning to drivers after a car was found stuck on a beach at the bottom of a steep slip way in the Outer Hebrides.

The vehicle was found in the sand at Port Stoth in Ness on the Isle of Lewis last week in what the coastguard described as a “very unusual occurrence”.

A local crofter was able to rescue the car by removing it with a tractor before the next tide came in that day.

A spokesperson for the HM Coastguard for Western Isles, Skye and Lochaber also described the car’s driver as “quite brave” and “lucky” due to the steepness of the hill ventured down.

Posting on Facebook the coastguard said: “The Outer Hebrides is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches and bays.

“While most are safe and firm to walk on, sand is often soft and unable to support the weight of vehicles.

“The owner of this car which was stuck at Port Stoth in Ness was lucky that the tide didn’t flood the car and a local crofter was able to remove it with a tractor before the next tide.

“We know the beaches are stunning so please help us to keep them that way by being safe and not risking your safety driving onto unstable sands.”