At 02:05hr on Monday 23 March 2020, Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard, to convey an ambulance crew to an ill male on Holy island, which was not coronavirus related. The causeway was closed by the tide, with high tide at Seahouses at 02:23hr that day, and 5 minutes later at Holy Island. The crew were paged and the lifeboat was quickly launched to stand by in the harbour, for the arrival of the ambulance.
Image taken 15 mins
before ILB called.
Quality not good,
from mobile phone
with digital zoom.
At 13:05hr on Friday 13 March 2020, Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch by UK Coastguard, to assist a small 15ft pleasure craft aground on rocks at Beadnell Bay. The boat had been high and dry on the rocks since shortly after launching at Beadnell, and the two occupants were now attempting to re-float the craft on the incoming tide.
RNLI Seahouses to the rescue once again, this time supported by flank station RNLI Berwick
Image of a previous stranding on the causeway
In addition to easily available local information on tide times, electronic signs give warnings on the approaches to the causeway
At 12:23hr on Sunday 08 March 2020, UK Coastguards received multiple emergency calls reporting a number vehicles and people trapped on Holy Island Causeway, by the fast incoming tide. One vehicle contained two adults and a 3yr old child, who were starting to panic as the choppy sea was breaking over the windows and had filled the car with sea water.
Devon artist, Brendan Rawlings, of Zen Wood Design, Topsham, who exhibited his life-sized statuette at Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station on Saturday, raised £1,187.62 for the lifesaving charity in donations received during the event.