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Ten visitors and a dog rescued from St Mary's Island

St Mary's Island Image copyright Cheney Leung
Image caption A causeway connects St Mary's Island to the mainland at low tide

Ten visitors to St Mary's Island off the Tyneside coast had to be rescued along with a dog after getting cut off by the tide.

Eight eastern Europeans and an American couple became stranded on the island near Whitley Bay on Sunday.

The Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat carried them to the mainland.

The Americans said they lost track of time while enjoying the "beautiful autumnal afternoon". The group was later given "suitable safety advice".

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