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Family rescued on tidal causeway
Holy Island rescue
The family were winched to safety from the car's roof
A family of four have been rescued after their car became stranded on a tidal causeway in Northumberland.

They attempted the Holy Island crossing well after the tide had come in, leaving their car partially floating in the water, according to lifeboat crews.

A helicopter from RAF Boulmer winched the couple and their children, aged two and four - from Wakefield - to safety.

The coastguard said people should always consult the tide tables at either side before attempting to cross.

The family made an emergency call at about 1330 BST, over an-hour-and-a-half after the last safe crossing time.

RNLI crews from Seahouses and Holy Island were also called to the submerged road, where they found the man and children on the car's roof and the woman up to her waist in the water.

'Signage adequate'

All were winched to safety without injury.

In the past 12 months, eight rescues have taken place on the causeway - where signs at both sides display the safe crossing times.

Ian Clayton, of the RNLI at Seahouses, said: "The signage is in my view perfectly adequate.

"People who get caught out are often visitors to the area, from places where they don't have a lot of experience with the sea.

"The water at either end of the causeway is fairly shallow but in the middle it gets deeper and that's where people are getting into real trouble."




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