Family cut off by rising tide

Visitors to a borough tourist attraction are again having to be reminded to check tide times.

A family of four were cut off on St Mary’s Island just before 4.30pm on February 19 – the third such incident of the year.

Cullercoats inshore lifeboat attended, along with Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB), with the lifeboat taking the four – including young boys aged 13 and eight – back to their station as weather conditions meant they were unable to land next to the causeway.

The four, who were given a lift back to their car by the TVLB, were deeply apologetic for the inconvenience they had caused and thanked their rescuers.

TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “Of the nine callouts the brigade has attended in 2014, three have been to incidents of people becoming cut off by the tide at St Mary’s Island.

“We would like to remind people to check tide times before going to the island and to be watchful of the tide.

“It is also important to point out that attempting to cross the causeway when the tide is covering it, even if it is only a few inches deep, is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted.”