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Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station

News Release 02/2018


Seahouses RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was on a training exercise at the Farne Islands at 3.09pm on Saturday 23 March 2019, when they were tasked by UK Coastguard to go to the assistance of a motor vehicle, reported to be swamped on Holy Island Causeway. Two occupants had managed to reach the refuge box after abandoning the vehicle.

On arrival, the lifeboat crew found a horsebox type campervan partially submerged. The occupant, who was a foreign national, spoke very little English, and was rescued from the refuge box and landed safely on the mainland side, where he was handed into the care of local coastguard officers. It was also confirmed that only one person was involved and not two as the report the Coastguard had originally received. Coastguard units from Seahouses and Holy island were also been mobilised to the scene.

Safe crossing times for 23 March 2019 were from 08:20hr till 13:50hr, and unsafe to cross again till 20:50hr. High tide was 16:20hr, and it was a high spring tide. Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton commented, “ We suspect that language problems may have contributed to this incident. Fortunately the vehicle occupant was safely brought ashore and did not require medical assistance.”

Photos show the vehicle on the causeway as the lifeboat approached, and the Refuge Box.

Images from Seahouses RNLI