Two people and dog reported cut off by tide at Budle Bay

Lifeboats News Release

At 10:54am on Saturday 23 October 2019, a report was received by the UK Coastguard, of two people and a dog cut off by the rising tide at Budle Bay, north of Seahouses.

Due to the rough sea conditions and strong wind, it was not possible to launch the inshore lifeboat from Seahouses. The lifeboat was taken by road and launched at Budle Bay.

Local Coastguard Rescue Teams had also been deployed to the scene. Due to the sea conditions, a Rescue Helicopter was also requested as back up. Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager also directed the launch of the larger all-weather lifeboat, to support the inshore lifeboat, although the shallow water would prevent the all-weather lifeboat from entering the bay.

The inshore lifeboat was launched, and experienced some rough water in the bay. Further information was then received from the Coastguard officers, confirming that the casualties had managed to come ashore safely near Ross Links, on the north side of the bay. All rescue resources were then stood down.

Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton commented: 'We have had a number of calls this year to Budle Bay for persons being cut off by the tide. We would urge people to take great care when walking across sandy bay areas like Budle Bay and Holy Island, to be aware of how quickly the tide comes in, encircling the unwary.

'While not wanting to discourage walkers from enjoying the coastline, they do need to be aware of the speed of the rising tide. On this occasion, it was later ascertained that the people involved were not in immediate danger. It was possibly more of a false alarm with good intent.'

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