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RNLI volunteers from Seahouses assist people cut off by the tide on Holy Island

Lifeboats News Release

At 2:08pm on Saturday 28 April, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses RNLI's inshore lifeboat, to assist two people who were trapped on Holy Island Causeway by the rising tide.

Their car had stalled in the water, and they had made their way into the Refuge Box.

The inshore lifeboat proceeded by sea, and the two casualties were brought ashore safely on the mainland side by the lifeboat, and handed into the care of local Coastguard Officers from Seahouses.

Holy Island Coastguard Officers were also in attendance on the island side of the Causeway.

The inshore lifeboat was recovered onto its trailer at the causeway, and returned to station by road. It was refuelled and ready for service by 4:50pm that day.

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