Seahouses lifeboat called to rescue walkers cut off by the rising tide at Budle

Lifeboats News Release

At 2:34pm on Sunday 11 July 2021, UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat, to assist four walkers, trapped by the fast rising tide on a sandbank at Budle Bay.

Seahouses ILB "Grace Darling" on service

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses ILB "Grace Darling" on service
The inshore lifeboat was launched and made best speed to Budle Bay, while shore based Coastguard Rescue Teams from Seahouses and Berwick were also mobilised.

While the inshore lifeboat was still under way, the Coastguard received further calls from the walkers, who were alarmed by the speed of the incoming tide. The Coastguard Operations Room remained in contact with them, and kept them advised of the inshore lifeboat’s progress to their location. On its arrival, the water was over the casualties knees. They were taken aboard the lifeboat and landed safely near the old jetty at Budle Bay, where they were met by local Coastguard Officers.

Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Clayton commented: 'These walkers had not appreciated how fast the tide comes in at Budle Bay. They did the right thing by using a mobile phone to keep in contact with the Coastguard, and were relieved to be landed safely. We urge all visitors enjoying the coastline to be aware of the dangers of incoming tides which can catch out the unwary. On this occasion, all ended well, but the situation could have ended differently.'

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