At 20.57hr on Friday 6th April 2018, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, to assist the North East Ambulance Service to reach a female in need of urgent medical care, on Holy Island. The Causeway was closed by the tide. As the ambulance was dispatched was from Belford Ambulance Station, it was directed to Seahouses Lifeboat Station.
On arrival of the ambulance, the lifeboat was ready to launch and the coxswain decided to launch to minimise any delay in getting medical assistance to the casualty. The paramedic was taken aboard, and the lifeboat set off for Holy Island. One of the Seahouses Crew aboard was also a local doctor. However the tide was receding and there was concern that the lifeboat may not be able to land at the Holy Island jetty. Following further information from local coastguards on Holy Island, the lifeboat was stood down at 21:30hr, and returned to the harbour and the ambulance crew travelled by road to the island as the causeway was reported then safe to cross.