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Second call in two days to Holy Island Causeway for Seahouses lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 19 March Seahouses lifeboat responded to six people and baby in the water at Holy Island Causeway.

Seahouses ILB at sea

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses ILB at sea
At 2:22pm, UK Coastguard requested the immediate and urgent launch of Seahouses inshore lifeboat to assist six people and a new born baby, reported in the water, while attempting to cross the causeway by car, outside of the safe crossing times. The Coastguard Team from Holy Island were also being mobilised.

Safe crossing times for Saturday were from 7:05am until 1:20pm and from 7:25pm until 1:40am (on Sunday). High Tide at Holy Island was 3:29pm that day (high Spring Tide).

The people were reported to be wading through the water, on the Holy Island side of the refuge box, having abandoned their vehicle in the water on the Causeway.

The inshore lifeboat was quickly launched and made best speed towards Holy
Island. Shortly after launching, it was confirmed that the casualties had safely reached Holy Island and were in the care of the local Coastguard Team. The inshore lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

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For more information please contact Ian Clayton, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

Holy Island Causeway at low tide

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Holy Island Causeway at low tide

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