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Nine are stranded by rising tide
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Holy Island is cut off from the mainland twice a day
Coastguards have again urged motorists to check safe crossing times after nine people had to be rescued from a tidal causeway when they became stranded.

A man contacted Humber Coastguard on Thursday afternoon saying he was stranded with his family on Holy Island causeway, Northumberland.

They climbed onto the refuge box and were joined by three more adults whose vehicle was also stuck, and a dog.

As they were helped by a lifeboat crew, a third vehicle became stranded.

Two more people were rescued from the third vehicle.

The coastguard alerted Seahouses Coastguard Rescue Team together with the RNLI Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat.

Humber Coastguard watch manager Tony Tuton said: "In this instance everyone was recovered safely to shore without injury but this incident could so easily have had a tragic outcome.

"We appeal to everyone thinking of crossing to and from Holy Island to check the tide tables which are posted at each end of the causeway and in various other prominent places and not to attempt a crossing outside of the safe times."

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