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Seahouses lifeboat assists Fire Service at Holy Island

Lifeboats News Release

At 2:36pm on Monday 5 June, Seahouses all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch by the Coastguard, to assist Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, to attend a fire on Holy Island.

Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat launching

RNLI/Ian Clayton

Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat launching
The RNLI have a protocol for such events with the fire service. The Causeway was not safe to cross due to the tide, between 2.15pm until 8.15pm that day.

The lifeboat launched with four fire fighters from Seahouses Fire Station, and started making best speed to Holy Island, anticipating arriving in fifteen minutes, where Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team would meet them and take them to where they were required on the Island.

Not long after leaving Seahouses, the fire service informed the Coastguard that the Seahouses Fire crew were not required, and the lifeboat returned them to Seahouses. However, another fire crew had managed to cross the Causeway, but were now stranded on the island. Seahouses lifeboat was requested to proceed to Holy Island, and return that fire crew to the mainland at Seahouses.

Seahouses RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Ian Clayton, added, 'The RNLI have trained for such a scenario with our colleagues from the Fire Service. Holy Island is cut off twice a day by the tide, and we and the fire Service will always do our best to support the community there if such incidents occur when the Causeway is not passable safely.'

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

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