Tyne & Wear

Holy Island causeway couple rescued by RAF helicopter

Rescue services near Holy Island
Image caption Emergency services were called to assist in the rescue

An RAF helicopter crew have rescued a couple from the Holy island causeway in Northumberland after they became stranded by the incoming tide.

They became marooned at about 13:00 BST on Tuesday.

The couple, said to be in their 60s, were taken from the roof of their car by a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

According to the Northumberland County Council website the last safe crossing time was 11:10 BST.

An RAF spokeswoman said: "A winchman was deployed from the Sea King, who winched them up individually.

"They were flown to the mainland where they were dropped off to awaiting emergency services.

"The couple were cold and wet and a little shaken up but were otherwise fine."

This rescue followed the announcement safety signs are to be installed at either end of the tidal causeway in an attempt to cut the number of motorists becoming stranded.

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