Motorist told to turn back on causeway

The car trying to cross the causeway. Picture by Holy Island Coastguard
The car trying to cross the causeway. Picture by Holy Island Coastguard

A motorist attempting to cross the Holy Island causeway outside the safe crossing times was turned back by the Coastguard earlier this week.

The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon after the Holy Island Coastguard team was returning from a separate incident.

As their photo shows, they met a member of the public attempting to drive through about a foot of water.

The motorist was advised to turn back and return to the Island as they would not make it off the causeway.

Following the incident, the Coastguard team reiterated its advice for all motorists: Check tide times when visiting the coast. In a coastal emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

While they still do occur, the number of such incidents has dropped dramatically since October 2012 when permanent, solar-powered variable agile display signs were erected at either end of the causeway.

In February that year, the Gazette broke the news that action was to be taken to prevent costly rescues following the outcome of a working group and a successful trial of the signs was held during the Easter holidays in 2012.