Cullercoats RNLI assist family cut off by the tide
Cullercoats RNLI volunteer crew members go to the assistance of a family cut off by the tide. The family were visiting St Mary's Island and, although they had checked the tide times, they had become distracted by the seal colony on the island and were unaware the causeway had been covered over. The family was transferred from the island to a nearby beach where they were passed into the care of members of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.
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