Rescued couple: We just followed the car in front

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“THE car in front went and we thought we could follow and that’s how it happened really.”

This was the explanation given by a Lincolnshire man after he and his wife had to be rescued from the Holy Island Causeway last week.

The Gazette reported how, in the 20th such incident this year, a Seahouses lifeboat crew rescued the man and woman from the refuge box when their Mercedes became stranded in several feet of water.

The couple were Terry and Ann Tuckwood, of Epworth in Lincolnshire, who were enjoying a short break in Northumberland when they decided to travel across to Holy Island.

Terry, 64, tried to explain their brush with danger which resulted in both he and 67-year-old Ann having to walk 300 metres to the safety of the refuge box in the middle of the causeway.

He said: “The car in front went and we thought we could follow and that’s how it happened really.”

The landscape gardener was concerned about Ann – who suffers from angina and high blood pressure – but the Seahouses lifeboat was with the couple within 20 minutes of receiving the call.

“The car is a write-off as the electrics seized because of the salt water but this is immaterial, lives are more important and we’re ok,” Terry said.