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Holy Island residents call for fire training

Residents on Holy Island off the Northumberland coast say they're afraid of what might happen if a serious fire breaks out while the island is cut off by the tide.

They want Northumberland Fire and Rescue to provide hose reels and fire extinguishers which volunteers on the island could use to contain fires until professional firefighters are airlifted in. They're also calling for training to use the equipment.

Derek Proud reports:

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Causeway rescue was false alarm

It was thought three people were trapped in this car but when emergency services got there it had already been abandoned Credit: RNLI

The RLNI say it is "unbelievable" that people are still getting stuck during high tide on Holy Island Causeway despite new electronic signs telling them when it is safe to cross.

Crews were called out to reports that three people were trapped in a partially submerged car on the crossing on Wednesday, 21 August.

However, it turned out that the car had already been abandoned and the owners were safely back at their hotel.

The electronic signs had been fitted to help stop people becoming trapped by rising water on the causeway.

"Unbelievable" that people still get stuck on causeway

"While it is unbelievable that people are still getting stranded on the Causeway despite new Hi-tech signage, it is regrettable that these people today did not notify the authorities about having to abandon their vehicle, which would have avoided today's rescue alert."

– Ian Clayton, Seahouses Lifeboat Operations Manager

Abandoned car sparks major rescue on causeway

Car abandoned after getting stuck at high tide on Holy Island Causeway Credit: RNLI

Emergency services have expressed their anger and frustration after being called to rescue people in a partially submerged car on the Holy Island crossing only to find it had been abandoned some time earlier.

The Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat and a rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer were scrambled on Wednesday, 21 August, after reports that people were trapped in the vehicle as the tide flooded the causeway.

When rescuers got to the car they found it was empty.

The owners were eventually traced to a hotel on the island.

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Vikings highlight causeway dangers

Viking display on Holy Island Credit: ITV News

Viking enthusiasts are returning to Holy Island Priory for English Heritage's Viking Week - and they're also highlighting the dangers of Holy Island causeway.

The Vikings will take a trip along the causeway, accompanied by Lindisfarne coastguard Ryan Douglas in his 4x4 rescue vehicle. They aim to raise awareness of the causeway's tide times and warn people not to ignore safe crossing times.

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