Double rescue as people are stranded by tide near Holy Island

The tide coming in over the Holy Island causeway.
The tide coming in over the Holy Island causeway.

Two rescue missions were made this afternoon as the rising tide left people stranded near Holy Island.

In the first incident, Seahouses RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard at 12.27pm after a report that two people had been stranded by the tide at St Cuthbert’s Island, beside Holy Island. Shore-based Coastguards from Holy Island also attended.

The inshore lifeboat rescued both people and landed them safely on Holy Island into the care of waiting Coastguard officers. Neither person required any medical attention.

The lifeboat returned to station at 1.55pm but, while the crew were on station, having refueled and washed down the boat, the Coastguard again requested the launch of the lifeboat to a report of people trapped on Holy Island Causeway, again having been cut off by the rising tide.

They were believed to be in a refuge box, but as the crew were about to launch for a second time, the call was cancelled after a Sea King rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer, which was in the immediate area, deployed to the incident. The stranded people were winched to safety on the island and passed on to Coastguard officers.