Second family rescued from Island in three days

St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay.
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St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay. REF 0202151731

A family has been rescued after being stranded on St Mary’s Island – the second incident in three days.

Rescue teams were called out at 3.35pm on Thursday after a family of four had been cut off by the tide on the island.

Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was dispatched to rescue the family and take them to the mainland, where they were met by members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) who gave them safety advice.

A spokesperson for the TVLB said: “The family were very apologetic for the inconvenience they had caused and a Brigade member then gave them a lift back to their car which was parked just across from the Island.”

Now visitors to the island are being reminded to check tide times before going to the island.

The TVLB spokesperson said: “This is the second call the Brigade and the Lifeboat have had to the Island in three days.

“The Brigade would again like to reminded all visitors and users of the Island to check the safe crossing times for the causeway which are displayed by the information boards at the car park closest to the Island.”