Seahouses lifeboat called to assist two cars stranded on Holy Island Causeway

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 6 June, Seahouses inshore lifeboat launched to assist two vehicles reported stranded by the tide on Holy Island Causeway.

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat launching

RNLI/Bob Pritchard

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat launching
At 4:25pm Seahouses inshore lifeboat was requested to launch to a report of two cars stranded by the tide on Holy Island Causeway. At that time, the number of people involved was not known. The lifeboat launched and made best speed to the Causeway.

On arrival, the inshore lifeboat found two people in the refuge box, and transported them to the mainland, where they were handed into the care of local coastguards.

The inshore lifeboat then returned to the refuge box, and transported two Coastguard Officers back to Holy Island, who had waded out to assist the casualties. Two other casualties had managed to wade back to Holy Island unaided, where they were met by the local Coastguard Rescue Team. The inshore lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for service at 6:30pm that day.

High tide at Holy Island was at 5.20pm, and safe crossing times were from 8.25am until 3.05pm and unsafe from 3.05pm until 9.00pm and safe from 9.00pm until 3.20am (Wednesday).

The RNLI Water Safety Team are continuing to promote safe use of the Holy Island Causeway, in an effort to reduce strandings.

Seahouses RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Ian Clayton, added: 'It's so disappointing that these incidents are continuing, despite all of the publicity, from the Coastguard and the RNLI. We can only remind visitors to Holy Island to please check the safe crossing times before attempting to cross the Causeway. Please do not attempt to cross if the tide is flowing over the roadway.'

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

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