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Coastguard 'dismay' after Holy Island causeway rescue

Causeway
Image caption The Holy Island Causeway is submerged twice every 24 hours

Coastguard officials said they were "seriously dismayed" by tourists who ignored signs and prompted a rescue from a Northumberland causeway.

The Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat was diverted to Holy Island Causeway on Wednesday to rescue a couple in a camper van.

The pair, from Nottingham, ignored crossing times to the island, which is cut off by tides twice every 24 hours.

A coastguard spokesman said the couple could have lost their lives.

The man and woman abandoned their vehicle and made their way to a refuge box, calling for help on the emergency telephone.

The lifeboat crew, which was on its way to visit a local school, was paged and diverted to the causeway.

Ian Clayton, lifeboat operations manager, said: "I am seriously dismayed, that despite the clear signage and all the publicity, we are still being called to rescue people from the causeway.

"I remain concerned that on a really big tide, there could be a loss of life when people act with such disregard for their own safety.

"They showed a total lack of appreciation that they were driving into the North Sea, not crossing a country ford or stream."

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