Coach stranded on causeway rescued

Emergency services had to act quickly to save 40 people from a Northumberland causeway when their coach broke down just before the sea came in.

Police officers worked with the Seahouses RNLI crew, Humber Coastguard, and even an RAF helicopter team to secure the safe rescue of the stranded people.

At around 1pm, 13 minutes before the safe crossing time ended, the coach became stuck between Holy Island and the Northumberland mainland.

This freak accident could act as a timely reminder for motorists to ensure they have the bestbreakdown cover to safeguard against the threat of being stuck in unfamiliar surroundings.

The 38 elderly people and two others were picked up from the coach and safely returned to the mainland.

Graham Dawson, Humber Coastguard watch manager, said: "Breakdowns are just one of those things that happen.

"Unfortunately it happened in the worst possible place but the police and our Coastguard rescue teams were on hand to save the day."

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