Cars stranded by the tide

A NORTH Northumberland lifeboat crew was in action twice last week – and once more there was an incident on the Holy Island causeway.

On Thursday, June 6, an eleven-metre fishing vessel, Kalista, with two crew aboard broke down two miles east of Holy Island.

The Seahouses inshore lifeboat was launched and managed to tow the boat, which was on its way to Arbroath, to Seahouses harbour.

Upon arrival, neither boat could enter the harbour due to low tide, but the engine of Kalista was restarted by two RNLI mechanics and the vessel was able to continue on its journey.

On Sunday, two vehicles became stranded on the Holy Island causeway despite repeated incidents and warnings this year.

The first was dealt with by the coastguards without any need for a lifeboat launch, but the crew was called out to the second trapped car, containing two people, just before 2pm – well over an hour before the causeway was safe to cross.

However, the lifeboat was returned to the station about one mile out of the harbour after the passengers were again assisted by the Holy Island coastguards.