Lifeboats News Release

At 13.44hr on Saturday 25th February 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, to go to the assistance of two persons trapped in their vehicle by the tide on Holy Island Causeway.

UK Coastguard reported that the two persons were panicking as the water was up to their waists. Holy Island Coastguard Officers had also been mobilised.

The Inshore Lifeboat was at sea within a few minutes of the call, but as suspected, Holy Island Coastguard personnel were able to reach the two casualties, and escort them to safety on the Island.

The tide was falling, and the Causeway was unsafe to cross between 11.05hr and 15.40hr that day. This car had attempted to cross 1hr and 40 minutes outside of the safe crossing times.

The sea water damage to the vehicle would probably make it a write off, and insurance companies are unlikely to pay out where the driver has been negligent by crossing the causeway when closed by the tide. Neither occupant required medical assistance.

The Inshore Lifeboat was stood down at 13.59hr and returned to station, and was refuelled and ready for service again at 14.30hr.

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