German tourists stranded on Holy Island Causeway before being rescued by Seahouses RNLI

The Holy Island causeway
The Holy Island causeway -Credit:RNLI

The RNLI have rescued two tourists who became stranded on the Holy Island Causeway on a visit to Seahouses this week.

At 3.10pm on Thursday, May 9, the UK Coastguard requested support from Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat following a report from members of the public that two people on a motorcycle had become cut off by the tide on Holy Island Causeway. They were reported as standing in the rising water and shouting for help.

It is believed that as the pair were German nationals on holiday, and had experienced a language barrier when navigating the area. Safe crossing times were from 7.55am until 1.55pm and it was unsafe to cross from 1.55pm until 8.30pm that day.

After being alerted to the incident, Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat launched and made best speed to the causeway, while the the fire service and local Coastguard Rescue Teams also attended. The fire service made contact with the pair and advised them to go into the Refuge Box.

They were then taken aboard the lifeboat and back to the safety of the mainland, into the care of the Coastguard Rescue Teams. The lifeboat then returned to station.

Seahouses RNLI Volunteer Press Officer Ian Clayton commented: "The two casualties were German nationals on holiday, and language was an issue, which probably explained their predicament. We hope their unfortunate experience didn’t impact too adversely on their visit."