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rescued with the help of Burnham-On-Sea inshore lifeboat
hovercraft crew performed one of their more unusual rescues on
Wednesday morning (July 5th) when they helped animal experts capture
an injured swan.
bird had been reported to Highbridge-based Secret World Wildlife
Rescue Centre after a walker had spotted it in a distressed state
at Apex Leisure Park, Highbridge after swallowing several inches
of fishing line.
Worlds Head Of Animal Care, Ellie West, called on BARB,
the charity that runs Burnhams hovercraft, and within minutes
their inshore lifeboat was on the scene to take Ellie out to capture
the stricken animal.
a brief chase around the lake in which the animal out-manoeuvred
the boat, it was captured using a net and taken away for treatment
by Secret Worlds staff.
the rescue boat it would have been very difficult and time consuming
to capture," said Ellie.
is not the first time the hovercraft team has helped in rescuing
animals. In June 2005 the group rescued another swan at Apex and
in July 2004 the group rescued two dogs stuck in the mud at Brean.
Miller, chairman of BARB, said: "If we don't go to the aid
of animals, there's a risk that people may enter the water to
try and carry out the rescue themselves, which can quickly turn
into a tragedy. Providing that we're not jeopardising the rescue
of a person elsewhere, we'll always help."
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