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Car with two occupants cut off on Holy Island Causeway

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.26pm on Tuesday 3 May, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat to go to the assistance of two persons trapped in their car on Holy Island Causeway, by the tide.

One of the people had a medical condition (restricted mobility). High tide was 12.29pm that day at Seahouses.

Seahouses inshore lifeboat was launched and made its way to the Causeway by sea.

The original call to the Coastguard had come from the Fire Service, who despatched three fire appliances to the scene, later joined by a fourth. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick was also airborne and was tasked to the incident. Local Coastguards from Holy Island and Seahouses were also sent to the scene.

It was established that neither of the car occupants required medical assistance. The tide was falling, and it was becoming apparent that as their vehicle had not been affected by sea water, they would soon be able to drive off the causeway.

The inshore lifeboat was stood down while on scene, and local Coastguards supervised the couple as they crossed the Causeway back onto the mainland.

Seahouses inshore lifeboat did not waste the opportunity, and carried out a training exercise off Holy Island with the new Coastguard rescue helicopter, which was very useful for both parties.

The inshore lifeboat then returned to station by road, with the station land rover.

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