Seven rescued after being cut off on island

Seven people had to be rescued after getting stranded on St Mary’s Island.

Rescue teams were called out at 3pm on Sunday after the group, including a family of five with a young baby, were cut off by the tide at 3pm.

Members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were first on scene and kept watch while Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat arrived and brought the seven back to the mainland.

Once on land, the group – who were apologetic and thankful for the rescue – were given advice on how to find the safe crossing times for the causeway.

It is the second time this year people have been stranded on the island.

TVLB captain Peter Lilley said: “There were reports that some people had waded back across the causeway but we would discourage that as it could result in serious injury or worse.

“They should either wait for the tide to go back out or call the coastguard.

“We believe these people just lost track of time, but there has to be some common sense.”

He added: “There are signs up on the mainland with the tide times but they could do with some renewal work.”