Visitors are rescued from popular island

A group of visitors were rescued after getting stranded on St Mary’s Island.

Rescue teams were called to the popular tourist attraction just before 4pm on Sunday, November 9, after the alarm was raised.

The Coastguard received a 999 call from a woman who spoke very broken English saying they were cut off by the incoming tide at the island and had a young child with them.

Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched but when they arrived on scene they found ten people and a dog had been cut off by the tide.

The group – made up of eight from Eastern Europe who spoke no English and a couple from North America – were picked up by the RNLI crew and taken to a small beach opposite the island where members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) gave them suitable safety advice.

No one was injured in the incident. All the rescue units then returned to their respective stations.

A spokesperson for the TVLB said: “The group stated they had been caught out by the tide as they sat on the far side of the Island enjoying the beautiful autumnal afternoon.”