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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." ®

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