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Couple rescued from car that was caught by the flood on Holy Island Causeway

Lifeboat press release

The HM Coast Guard requested the Seahouses (ILB) coastal lifeboat to launch at 11:51 a.m. on Saturday, May 22nd.

Two people were trapped in a vehicle by the rising tide on the Holy Island Causeway. One was older and had underlying illnesses. It was reported that sea water came in through the car windows.

Due to the rough sea conditions, the coastal lifeboat Seahouses was brought on the road to the causeway. On the way to the incident, the ILB was canceled by the coast guard. The pair, closer to Holy Island than the mainland, had been brought ashore on the island by local coast guards. They were checked and did not need medical attention. Seahouses ILB then returned to the station at 12:35 p.m.

When planning a trip to Holy Island, please consider safe crossing times. These are displayed at both ends of the dam and are available online at

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