Even electronic warning signs before entering the causeway have failed to completely stop cars stranding
At 15.50hr on Sunday 18th September 2016, Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, to assist two persons trapped on the roof of their submerged vehicle on Holy Island Causeway. Some crew were still on station from the earlier call that day, so the Inshore Lifeboat was speedily launched. The casualties’ situation was confirmed by Holy Island Coastguard officers who had also been dispatched to the scene.
On reaching the semi submerged vehicle with the couple on its roof, and water up to the roofline, the occupants, a male and female, were rescued by the RNLI Crew, and taken aboard the Inshore Lifeboat. The female was in a shocked and very distressed condition. It is believed that the couple had attempted to cross the Causeway which was unsafe between 14.05hr and 21.10hr that day. The couple were then handed into the care of local coastguard officers on the shore.
Their car was abandoned on the Causeway, to be recovered later when the tide receded, but is highly likely to be totally written off, and may not be covered by insurance due to the driver’s possible negligence.