Crossing alarm

A PROBLEM with a railway crossing almost led to cars becoming stranded on the Holy Island causeway.

On Sunday around noon, the railway crossing at Beal jammed, causing cars to back up on to the causeway as the tide was rising.

The safe-crossing time was due to end at 1.45pm.

Following reports from the police, both the Seahouses lifeboat and the RAF helicopter from Boulmer were launched as a precautionary measure.

The inshore lifeboat crew had been launched for about 10 minutes when further information was received that the railway crossing had been opened and the traffic had dispersed safely and without assistance.

Both the lifeboat and helicopter were stood down and returned to station.