Villagers battled for hours to rescue a pickup vehicle sinking on a picturesque beach in the Western Isles.
Cockle pickers drove their 4×4 up onto the sands but it sank up to its axle at Seilebost, one of the most stunning stretches of beach in Scotland.
The driver raised the alarm, fearing the pristine beach and a nearby salmon pool on the Luskentyre estuary would be polluted by leaking fuel if the tide came in and swamped the truck.
But with the tide coming in, the vehicle wouldn’t budge and a crowd of villagers turned out to help the local volunteer coastguard rescue team try and shift the vehicle on to the shore.
Until late on Wednesday night they all worked at digging the vehicle out.
A spokesman for HM Coastguard said Stornoway coastguards received a call around 6.30pm reporting a vehicle was bogged down on the beach at Seilibost on the west coast of Harris.
Planks were laid across the sand to give some traction and eventually the pickup was safely recovered.
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.”