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News Release 017-018/2019


At 12:15hr on Tuesday 30 July 2019, 6 walkers were trying to cross the  Pilgrims Way footpath across the sands at Holy Island, but found themselves trapped by the rising tide. With water to their chests, they called 999 and requested help.

Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat was launched, and made best speed to the walkers’ location. Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team were also mobilised with water rescue equipment.

On arrival of the lifeboat, some difficulty was experienced when trying to reach the casualties’ location, due to sand banks and shallow areas of water. The Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team managed to rescue two of the group, while another was helped ashore by one of the lifeboat crew. The remaining three were brought ashore by the lifeboat. A Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick also attended, and the paramedic winchman was able to assess the casualties once safely ashore. As they had been immersed in cold water for over an hour, there was concern about hypothermia. The helicopter crew offered to take two to hospital as a precaution, but they declined, preferring to stay with their friends.

Walkers are advised not to attempt to walk across the Pilgrims Way after low water, and the incoming tide can quickly surround and cut off anyone on that path  way across the sands.


The Lifeboat was then returned to station at 14:30hr that day.

Back at Seahouses during this incident, other members of the lifeboat crew went to the assistance of a female who had injured her ankle in front of the station by the Boat Trip Booking Offices. She was checked over and assisted by the crew (all of whom are casualty care medics) and given medical advice. She did not require an ambulance.