Visitors are rescued from incoming tide

Two people were rescued after getting stranded on St Mary’s Island.

Cullercoats RNLI inshore lifeboat and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) were called out just after 9pm on Monday, August 4, after reports of the pair on the island with the high tide and darkness quickly closing in.

The lifeboat crew – helmsman Peter Clark, Ben Bradshaw, Paul Tooke and Steve Graham – found the two young men stranded on the island.

Both, from Eastern Europe and visiting the area, said they were around the far side of the island and were unaware of the tide coming in over the causeway.

Once on the lifeboat they were taken back to the causeway on the mainland and handed over to members of the TVLB where safety advice was given.

Helmsman Mr Clark said: “We were notified of the two men from a member of the public who had called Humber Coastguard.

“Thankfully, they did not attempt to cross the causeway as the tidal waters can be very strong.

“It is important that all visitors to St Mary’s Island make a note of the tide times before they cross and give plenty of time to get back safely.”