Two rescued from Holy Island causeway

The car trapped by the tide on Holy Island causeway. Picture by Jane Coltman
The car trapped by the tide on Holy Island causeway. Picture by Jane Coltman

Two people were rescued from Holy Island causeway this afternoon when their car got trapped by the rising tide.

Seahouses inshore lifeboat and Seahouses and Holy Island Coastguard teams were called to the causeway at about 2pm, more than one-and-a-half hours after the safe crossing time.

A Range Rover drives out towards the stranded car. Picture by Jane Coltman

A Range Rover drives out towards the stranded car. Picture by Jane Coltman

A Seahouses RNLI spokesman said two people, both Portugese nationals, had made it to the refuge box on the causeway after their car had stalled.

The lifeboat crew took them ashore on the mainland and handed them into the care of Coastguard officers from Seahouses. Holy Island Coastguard officers were also in attendance on the Island side of the causeway.

Later this afternoon, at about 4.55pm, the driver of a Range Rover drove out onto the causeway to the stranded car.

The Coastguard followed the vehicle through the water and warned the driver.

The Coastguard in pursuit. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Coastguard in pursuit. Picture by Jane Coltman

Photographer Jane Coltman pictured the Range Rover as it drove through the sea, past the danger sign which warns drivers 'Do not proceed when water reaches causeway'.

Causeway safe crossing times today were between 0545 and 1225.