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RNLI calls on tourism industry to spread Holy Island safety message


The RNLI is asking businesses across Northumberland’s tourist industry to help it spread the message about safe crossing times onto Holy Island.

There have been more than 50 emergency call outs to motorists stuck on or by the Holy Island causeway in the last five years and numbers are increasing.  Most are holidaymakers or visitors from outside the county who may not be aware that the rising tide cuts off access to and from the island twice a day. 

Now, working with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Northumberland County Council, the RNLI has produced a range of products including posters, flyers, coffee cup wraps, coasters and bags, all bearing the RNLI’s safety messages and links to tide time information.

Local tourism businesses can order their free materials (while stock lasts) by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nick Ayers, Community Safety Partner with the RNLI, said: ‘Holy Island is a wonderful place to visit, full of history and natural beauty. But for those not aware, the tidal causeway can present a danger. All too often motorists are caught out, meaning time-consuming and costly call-outs for the Coastguard and the RNLI’s lifeboat crews.

‘Tourists are the most likely to get caught out. That’s why we need the help of local businesses where those tourists visit, stay and eat to ensure they stay safe and enjoy their time in the area.’

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