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July 22, 2006
Injured swan rescued at Combwich using Burnham inshore lifeboat

Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft crew helped animal experts to capture an injured swan at Combwich, near Bridgwater, on Saturday morning (July 22nd) after the bird partially swallowed a fishing hook and line.

A walker spotted the animal in distress and contacted Highbridge-based Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, who asked BARB, the charity that runs Burnham's hovercraft, for help.

The group's inshore lifeboat - which has been used to conduct several animal rescues in recent years - was driven by road to Combwich Pool where it was launched with crew members Alan Miller and Andy Croker, plus Secret World's Graeme Thompson.

Using a large net, the rescuers quickly captured the swan, which was rushed to a local vet for emergency treatment.

The hook and line were successfully removed during the afternoon and the bird was successfully released back to its family on the lake on Saturday evening.

BARB has been involved in several animal rescues in recent years; helping swans at Apex Lesiure Park in Highbridge at the start of July and in June 2005, and rescuing two dogs trapped in mud at Brean in July 2004.

Alan 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, therefore getting into difficulty. Providing that we're not jeopardising the rescue of a person elsewhere, we'll always help."

These photos show the rescue of the injured swan underway at Combwich Pool on Saturday July 22nd.

The photos below show the swan being released back into the lake later on Saturday evening, having had the fishing line removed...


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