Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: August 13, 2008
Burnham-On-Sea inshore rescue boat crew retrieve injured swan

An injured swan was retrieved by wildlife carers with the help of an inshore rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday evening (August 13th).

East 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.

"The female bird was in pain and in a distressed state," said Secret World's Graeme Thompson.

"We'd 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."

Mr 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.

Steve 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."

"Providing we are not jeopardizing the rescue of a person elsewhere, BARB is happy to help during incidents like this."

Pictured 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 Graeme Thompson

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