A supermarket delivery van was left hanging from a cliff edge after a false move while making deliveries in Harris on Tuesday night (25 January).
The Tesco’s driver had completed a delivery in Bunavoneadar around 9pm on Tuesday, and was reversing from the property, when one of the van’s back wheels went over the verge at a point where the road was immediately beside a drop to the sea.
The driver was left in the van, across the road at 90 degrees to the carriageway, with his foot on the brake, desperately trying to prevent the van from moving further.
A passer-by who stopped to help saw the precarious situation and alerted emergency services, who called on local police, fire and coastguard teams around 9.30pm.
Stornoway Coastguard operations centre was requested to help by Police Scotland at 9.33pm, despatching coastguard rescue teams from Stornoway and the Isle of Harris.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service teams with fire appliances from Tarbert and Scalpay were first at the scene and the van was secured to one of the appliances to prevent it from slipping further.
The driver was then helped from the van while police and members of the Isle of Harris CRT maintained road safety.
Teams remained on site and the road remained closed until recovery specialists Hughson’s Vehicle Services were able to send a recovery vehicle to pull the van back onto the carriageway and recover it to Stornoway.
The delivery driver was uninjured and all teams were stood down by 11.06pm.