SIX people and a dog sparked a lifeboat rescue today, after attempting to cross the flooded Holy Island causeway almost two hours after the tide came in.
The group – four adults, two children and their pet –became trapped in their car as the water rose around them, following the foolhardy decision to drive along the two-mile tidal stretch at just after midday.
They ignored prominent warning signs on the causeway which clearly stated that the road would be cut off by the sea between 10.25am and 2.40pm.
At 12.14pm Humber Coastguard paged the Seahouses Lifeboat operations manager and advised him that the car was trapped by the tide on Holy Island Causeway.
As a precautionary measure, as children were involved, it was agreed to launch the Inshore Lifeboat, to bring them to safety.
The crew arrived at the causeway at 12.50pm, and the casualties and their dog were landed safely on the Holy Island side, where they were met by local Coastguards. None of the casualties required any medical attention.