Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370
Launch Report 019/2013
PARTIALLY SUBMERGED CAR ON HOLY ISLAND CAUSEWAY, SPARKS ALERT
At 15.25hr on Wednesday 21 August 2013, Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, to investigate the report of a partially submerged car on Holy Island Causeway. The Police had reported the incident, and there was concern that people were still in the vehicle, as the vehicle lights had come on. Additionally Aberdeen Coastguard had also received a 999 call from someone at the Causeway carpark, who thought that three people were in the vehicle.
The Inshore Lifeboat was launched and went to the Causeway by sea, while the Rescue Helicopter from RAF Boulmer was also scrambled. One arrival, the Lifeboat crew found no one in the vehicle, and the lights had operated due to being shorted out by the salt water. Details of the vehicle were passed to Humber Coastguard, while local Coastguard Rescue officers had also been mobilised on Holy Island. The occupants of the car were eventually traced to a hotel on Holy Island, where they were spoken to by Coastguard Officers.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton commented "While it is unbelievable that people are still getting stranded on the Causeway despite new Hi-tech signage, it is regrettable that these people today did not notify the authorities about having to abandon their vehicle, which would have avoided today's rescue alert."
The Lifeboat and Helicopter were then stood down and returned to station.