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Female cut off by tide near Holy Island assisted by Seahouses RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.46 pm on Wednesday 12 April, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat, to bring a lone female back onto Holy Island from the tiny St Cuthbert’s Isle, on the south side of Holy Island.

The female had become cut off by the tide and would have had a substantial wait before the tide receded sufficiently for her to cross safely back onto Holy Island. She had requested to be taken off.

It was agreed to launch Seahouses inshore lifeboat, which proceeded to the Isle by sea rather than by road. On arrival, the lady was quickly located and transported aboard the inshore lifeboat, the short distance to Holy Island.

Local Coastguard Rescue Officers on Holy Island met her as she was brought ashore by the lifeboat crew. This incident once again highlights the importance of checking tides and being aware of the risk of being cut off, while exploring the coastline.

The charity's inshore lifeboat then returned to station, and was refuelled and ready for service at 3.40 pm.

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