Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: February 13, 2008
Burnham inshore rescue boat crew helps retrieve injured swan

A swan that had been shot in the eye with an airgun is in the safe hands of animal carers after being retrieved by an inshore rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday morning (February 13th).

BARB, the Burnham-based charity that operates two rescue hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat, was contacted by animal carers at East Huntspill's wildlife sanctuary Secret World after a walker reported seeing the distressed swan on a lake near Weston-super-Mare.

"The bird was in a agitated state and as we were unable to reach it from the banks of the lake, using the rescue boat was essential here," said Secret World's Graeme Thompson.

Mr Thompson, pictured, was taken out onto the lake - at Locking Pit - by two BARB crewmen and the swan was quickly captured using a large net.

It has now been taken back to Secret World's base where it is being looked after.

Mr Thompson said: "It's so sad that people shoot at such wonderful birds as these. While it is in a bad way, it is in good hands and now stands a far better chance of survival."

Mark Newman, Chairman of BARB, said the organisation was happy to help. "If distressed animals are not rescued, people often feel tempted to help by venturing out into the water or mud themselves, but in turn they can put their own lives at risk. So providing we're not jeopardizing the rescue of a person elsewhere, BARB is happy to help with incidents like this."

Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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