ANOTHER CAR CUT OFF BY TIDE ON HOLY ISLAND CAUSEWAY

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Archive images showing that drivers are still ignoring the signs that warn of tides affecting the causeway

At 14.41hr on Saturday 29th October 2016, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, to assist three persons cut off by the tide in a car on Holy Island Causeway. High tide today was 14.56hr at Seahouses, making this incident well outside of the safe crossing times.

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Local Coastguard shore based teams were also mobilised from Seahouses and Holy Island, to the scene. On arrival of the Inshore Lifeboat, three persons, two males and a female, were brought ashore onto the mainland side by the lifeboat. There they were handed into the safe care of Seahouses Coastguard Team, and arrangements were made for their vehicle to be recovered when the tide receded. None of the three required any medical assistance.

Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton commented ”It is disappointing that after all that has been done by the County and Holy Island Parish Councils and the Local Coastguards, to promote the safe use of the causeway, that these incidents are still occurring. Sadly, if visitors to the area see fit to ignore the warning signs, its difficult to know how to address that.”

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