A mother and her two children had to be rescued after getting stranded on St Mary’s Island.
Teams from Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were called out just after 4pm on Sunday, January 5, after a member of the public spotted the trio, including a young son and daughter.
They had been cut off by the tide and with the causeway likely to be covered for another four hours, the teams launched a rescue to prevent the family coming to further harm in the darkness and cold.
Crews from the lifeboat were able to get the three on board and took them back to the mainland near to the causeway, where they were given advice from the TVLB and Northumbria Police on how to find out the safe crossing times.
A TVLB spokesperson said: “The family, who were cold but otherwise unhurt, apologised for the inconvenience they had caused and thanked the rescue resources for coming and getting them.”
A rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer, which was in the area on a training exercise, also attended this incident and kept watch as the family were recovered onto the lifeboat and then brought ashore.