A FAMILY had to be rescued after getting stranded on St Mary’s Island.
The family of four from Wolverhampton had been visiting the lighthouse and island to watch the local seal population and had not been aware of the tide coming in before they found themselves cut off from the mainland.
Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat and members of Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) were called to the scene, with the volunteer lifeboat crew locating the family – two adults and two children – near the island’s causeway and helping them get aboard.
The lifeboat returned the family safely to Cullercoats Station where their welfare was assessed.
The crew also gave them safety advice, reminding them to in future check the tide times and tide tables before venturing across the causeway.
Members of the TVLB then took the family back to their car which was parked opposite the island.
Frank Taylor, operations manager at the Cullercoats station, said: “Although the family were in no real apparent danger whilst on the island, they were all a bit shaken up by the fear of being stranded and isolated.
“Thanks to the crew the family will still have happy memories of their holiday.”