August 13, 2008
inshore rescue boat crew retrieve injured swan
injured swan was retrieved by wildlife carers with the help of
an inshore rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening
Huntspill's Secret World wildlife centre was called out when a
walker spotted the injured bird with a fishing hook and line stuck
embedded in its neck on a lake at Locking Pit near Weston-super-Mare.
female bird was in pain and in a distressed state," said
Secret World's Graeme Thompson.
tried to reach it from the banks of the lake for several hours,
so the help of the inshore boat in quickly capturing it was invaluable."
Thompson was taken out onto the water by BARB crewmembers Paul
Giles and Roger Flower and the swan was captured using a large
net before being taken away for treatment at Secret World.
Perks, BARB's Operations Manager, said: "We were happy to
help. We always remind people that if distressed animals are not
rescued, onlookers may be tempted to venture into the water themselves
and in turn put their own lives at risk."
we are not jeopardizing the rescue of a person elsewhere, BARB
is happy to help during incidents like this."
above is the rescue underway and, below, from left to right, BARB's
Paul Giles and Steve Perks with Secret World's Cindy Turner and
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