DCSIMG

Tourists almost scuppered by text message tide times

One of the signs on Holy Island encouraging people to check the tide times for the causeway.

One of the signs on Holy Island encouraging people to check the tide times for the causeway.

A pair of visitors to the area narrowly avoided becoming stranded on the Holy Island Causeway, after they were given incorrect tide times.

The couple, who did not wish to be named, sent a text message to a company called Safe Tide, which claims it will provide the tide times for a £1 charge.

Believing they were given the correct times, they tried to cross the causeway and only just managed it with water well up the sides of their car doors, which left them very scared.

They also had to stay on the island for a further three hours as they could not cross to the mainland.

The Gazette also requested tide times, by texting TIDE to 88860 on Monday this week, and received incorrect tide times back, which appear to be for another date.

The message read: “Safe tide times for ThuÇ1 Nov 7.10 until 13.50 then 19.25 until 02.15 (Fri). Subject to t&c’s. If you need help call 0843 289 8270.”

Attempts to contact Safe Tide via the contact number were unsucessful and a direct message sent to the Safe Tide Twitter account went unreplied.

Safe Tide has its own website – www.safe-tide.com – which has little information on it and no sign of any terms and conditions, while the business is listed on a website belonging to a company named Eltri Ltd, which has a London address.

A phone number provided on this website is no longer in use.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page