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Motorist nearly gets that sinking feeling.

A MOTORIST who tried to cross the Holy Island causeway while it was under water was ordered to turn back by coastguards.

The driver set out to negotiate the crossing linking Lindisfarne to mainland Northumberland on Wednesday afternoon, despite the tide having come in and the last safe time to make the journey being over an hour and a half before.

On the way, the driver met the island's coastguard coming in the opposite direction and was told to turn back.

The incident has led coastguards to issue safety advice to motorists, although they have said there has been a fall in causeway callouts this year.

The latest episode saw the driver of a silver people carrier trying to leave the island despite the tide being in.

The crossing was attempted at 3.26pm despite the last safe time -displayed at either end of the causeway - being 1.45pm.

Yards into the journey, the vehicle met the Holy Island Coastguard 4x4, which is able to negotiate the flooded causeway, coming the other way.

Coastguard officers, returning from a separate incident on the causeway, instructed the driver to return to the island as they would not be able to complete the crossing.

As a result, a spokesman for the island coastguard issued the following safety advice to drivers: "Check tide times when visiting the coast. In a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard."


A car attempting to cross |the flooded causeway at Holy Island

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 12, 2014
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