At 1:37pm on Monday 14 October 2019, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat (ILB) following a report to two adults and three children cut off by the tide at Budle Bay, north of Bamburgh.
They were waist deep in water, with the tide rising.
At 1:45pm the ILB launched on service and made best speed to the location. The Berwick all-weather lifeboat was on passage to Amble for maintenance repairs, and being close to Budle Bay, also responded to the incident.
The Berwick Lifeboat Crew were able to spot the casualties and guided the Seahouses inshore lifeboat straight to their location. The bay is too shallow for the larger lifeboat to enter.
The five casualties, who were wet and cold, were then conveyed by the Seahouses inshore lifeboat to the shore. They were then handed into the care of local Coastguard Officers and Paramedics. After being checked by the paramedics, none required further medical assistance. Once all were safe, the Seahouses lifeboat returned to station, and the Berwick Lifeboat crew were thanked and continued their passage to Amble. High tide was at 4:02pm.
There are no photographs of the incident, and the RNLI have no information about the casualties’ identity.
Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager commented: 'We have had several calls this year to Budle Bay, and urge the public visiting the area to be aware of the speed the tide can flood sandy bays and mudflats, catching out the unwary. On this occasion, a speedy response by the emergency services resulted in a positive outcome, which could easily have ended more tragically.
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