Two people rescued by Seahouses inshore lifeboat at Holy Island Causeway
At 4:28pm on Friday 25 June, HM Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat.
On reaching the refuge box the crew contacted the Coastguard and requested that they task an ambulance. Both people were starting to suffer from hypothermia and the male had mobility problems with one leg, which was being exacerbated by the effect of the cold on his circulation.
As the water was only ankle deep, one of the crew escorted the female to shore and handed her over into the care of the Coastguard. With the aid of the Coastguard the male was transported to shore on a Coastguard stretcher.
Both casualties were placed in the care of the Coastguard, paramedics and the police. By this time the ILB was completely out of the water, on a particularly viscous area of sand. The lifeboat was then moved into position and onto the trailer. The ILB returned to the station at 6.45pm.
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