Two people had to be rescued after being cut off by the tide at St Mary’s Island.
Rescue teams were called out just before 4.30pm on Thursday after the pair managed to raise the alarm with Northumbria Police.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were called out.
A spokesperson for the TVLB said: “With the high tide due at 6pm and showers creating unpleasant conditions, the Coastguard decided to request the Lifeboat to return the casualties to the mainland as they were unlikely to be able to safely walk off the Island until sometime after 8pm.
“Once on scene the Lifeboat quickly brought the two men, one of whom was from Sheffield and had travelled north to visit the other in Newcastle, to a small beach near the causeway where they were transferred into the care of the Brigade.
“After checking that no medical assistance was required the pair, who were very apologetic for the inconvenience they had caused and said they had lost track of time whilst taking photographs on the seaward side of the Island, were given a lift to their car by a Brigade member.”