Another busy summer season starts for RNLI crews around the coasts of the British Isles and one of the most frustrating shouts must be to drivers who took stupid risks on causeways. Holy Island has a well-built causeway with refuges built on its length for those caught by the tides to take shelter BUT STILL Seahouses Lifeboat attends shouts where the vehicle occupants are shivering on the roof of their semi-submerged vehicle. To avoid this serious danger, electronic warning/information signs have been erected on the approaches to the causeway BUT STILL people are trying to beat the tide. Short of installing railway crossing style barriers it is difficult to see what else can be done to stop people risking themselves and others. Tides happen twice a day at predicted intervals. Lifeboat crews potentially risk their lives every time they launch and once on a shout cannot be diverted to another emergency. If you plan to cross a causeway, PLEASE CHECK THE TIDE TIMES and respect any warning signs. SARN Ed.
Seahouses RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard at 7.06am on Wednesday 10 April 2019, to go to the assistance of two persons reported to be wet and cold, sitting on the roof of a car cut off by the tide on Holy Island Causeway.
This year, please consider making a donation to the RNLI. Every RNLI Lifeboat Station has its own local fund raising volunteers and usually mans a shop selling souvenirs to raise funds. The RNLI depends on fund raising because it receives no money from the public purse to maintain its essential services and most RNLI staff are volunteers. Don’t pass a Lifeboat Station without stopping, the volunteers love to see you and its always interesting. Lifeboat Stations do have opening hours for visitors and are subject to operational requirements so you might see them launch or wait for their safe return. Also, please do not forget the Independent Lifeboats which also depend entirely on donations to operate and equip their volunteer crews. SARN Ed.
The Inshore Lifeboat was quickly on scene and the two persons were brought ashore on a tractor. The occupants were later interviewed by the police.
Safe Crossing times for today were until 4:40hr this morning and after 09:45hr. High tide at Holy Island was 06:35, so these persons were attempting to cross the causeway only half an hour after high tide !