Car with two occupants and dog trapped on Holy Island Causeway

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.23pm on Saturday 31 October 2020, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat, following a report of a car with two occupants and a dog, trapped by the tide on Holy Island Causeway.

The fire service and ambulance were also attending the incident. The call had gone to the fire service first, before the Coastguard were alerted.

Due to the weather conditions, and increasing wind speed, the inshore lifeboat was taken by road to the causeway, and launched there. The occupants of the car who were wet and cold, were transferred to the inshore lifeboat and landed safely on the mainland side.

The fire service personnel then transported them to Beal services, to get warmed and dried, while arrangements were made to recover their vehicle when the tide receded.

The lifeboat was then returned to station. Apparently an occupant of the car had misread or misunderstood the safe crossing times.

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