A MAN escaped from a car that plunged into the sea off the Isle of Mull yesterday.
Police were called to the incident near Craignure at 7am after reports of a car in the water at Fishnish Bay.
The driver managed to get out of the black Ford after it lost control and escaped with only a few bruises.
A spokesman for Stornoway Coastguard said: “It was initially reported to the police by a passer-by.
“We sent our coastguard rescue team and Tobermory lifeboat was there, but they weren’t needed in the end. The person got out, they were OK.”
Tobermory RNLI’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey and its daughter craft the Y Boat carried out a shoreline search for the driver with the coastguard rescue teams.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland carried out searches ashore and the Scottish Ambulance Service also attended.
Tobermory RNLI’s Second Coxswain James Fairbairns said: “This rescue operation involved all of the emergency services on the island and we were fortunate to have excellent weather and sea conditions.
“We are pleased that the occupant of the vehicle was found safe ashore as the vehicle would have been largely submerged at high tide.”