Six people recovered from the water off Holy Island


HM Coastguard received a 999 call at 12.30pm today (20 July) to assist six people in the water on the Pilgrim’s Way, Holy Island. The tides are strong and fast in that location. Three Coastguard Rescue Teams from Holy Island, Seahouses and Berwick were sent, the Search and Rescue helicopter was launched from Prestwick. Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team used a technical rescue method called ‘a snatch rescue’ to  recover six people safely to shore. They were all checked by the helicopter paramedic and found to be well. 

HM Coastguard is warning people to take extra care when using the Holy Island causeway. The speed and power of an incoming tide should not be underestimated, it is a serious risk to life and will cause damage to property such as vehicles.

It is recommended that weather and tide times should be checked before setting off and there are published safe crossing times for vehicles.

Above all do not take any unnecessary risks. And if people do find themselves in trouble or if they see someone who they think may be in trouble they should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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