Feeds

Bebo rave becalmed by waves

Be gain by nicht faa if ye ken what's guid fur ye

Remote control for virtualized desktops

A party on a Scottish island organised on social networking also-ran Bebo ended badly when two hundred partygoers became stranded by the tide.

The majority of the 500 attending the party in the middle of the Firth of Forth made it back before the causeway was flooded, and reportedly had a good time despite the rain. But as The Scotsman reports 200 of them didn't get home quite so easily.

Saturday was glorious in Scotland, ideal for a party organised on Cramond Island, a small island in the Firth of Forth, home only to rats and rabbits and connected to the mainland by a causeway only navigable at low tide. The party was announced on Bebo and promoted on Facebook (they wanted some people to turn up after all), and the details were pretty explicit that getting home would cease to be an option after 20.00:

u have to leave the island 20.00 hours (8pm) if you are not staying the night. this is also the time u will be able to get ON the island untill!

A few people had planned to camp on the uninhabited island, but many more just didn't notice the time then panicked and called 999 for rescue as the cold started to bite through their t-shirts.

Six partiers ended up with hypothermia, 70 had to be shipped off by boat and another 130 were led across the causeway by police after the 01.30 tide went out - The Scotsman puts the cost of the rescue at around £10,000, though some people enjoyed it:

"There was a rumour that the police were coming," said one of the participating DJs, "but we just thought, we're nice and dry in the bunker and it's turning into a great night, so why move? ... The first I realised there had been an incident was when I read it on a news website when I got up. It's a bit mad." ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.