Nearly 30 people rescued from island as visitors become stranded

A RNLI lifeboat rescued 28 visitors from Cramond Island on Saturday and Sunday after they were cut off by the tide.

Nearly 30 people rescued from Cramond Island by RNLI Queensferry as visitors become stranded Supplied
Rescued: 28 people were rescued over two days from Cramond Island.

Nearly 30 people had to be rescued from an island in the Firth of Forth after they became stranded due to high tides.

RNLI Queensferry was called out to rescue 28 visitors to Cramond Island over Saturday and Sunday, after they became stranded due to the tide coming in quickly over the walkway.

Six adults, two children and one dog had to be rescued from the island on Saturday after being cut off by the tide, while Sunday so a total of 20 people rescued over two trips.

RNLI have now issued guidance to visitors to the Island and have asked them to ‘prepare in advance’.

In a post on their Facebook page, they said: “The weather has been lovely this weekend and with better weather comes many more visitors to the coast.

“Queensferry Lifeboat was paged on both Saturday 5 March at 1316 and Sunday 6 March at 1349 to people stranded on Cramond Island.

“Saturday saw six adults, two children and one dog rescued from the Island and safely returned to Cramond Village. Sunday saw a total of 20 people rescued over two trips to the Island.

“After a particularly stormy winter we appreciate people wanting to get out and enjoy the sunshine and blue skies, we just ask that if you are planning a trip to Cramond Island then please prepare in advance.

“By no means try to cross when the tide is already coming in across the causeway.

“It comes in fast, surrounding the island, the currents are unpredictable and the causeway becomes far more hazardous when covered by water.

“Stay safe everyone.”