Couple rescued from car trapped by tide on Holy Island Causeway
HM Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat (ILB) at 11.51am on Saturday 22 May.
Two people had become trapped in a vehicle by the rising tide on Holy Island Causeway. One was elderly and had underlying medical conditions. Sea water had been reported coming in through the car windows.
Due to the rough sea conditions, Seahouses inshore lifeboat was taken by road to the Causeway. While en route to the incident, the ILB was cancelled by the Coastguard. The couple, who were closer to Holy Island than the mainland, had been brought ashore by local Coastguards on the Island. They were checked over and did not require medical assistance. Seahouses ILB then returned to station at 12:35pm.
If you're planning a trip to Holy Island, please be aware of the safe crossing times. These are displayed at either end of the Causeway, and available online at https://holyislandcrossingtimes.northumberland.gov.uk/.
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