Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: June 18, 2008
Burnham inshore rescue boat crew help retrieve injured swan

An injured swan is in the safe hands of animal carers after being retrieved by an inshore rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday afternoon (June 18th).

BARB, the Burnham-based charity that operates two rescue hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat, was contacted by animal rescuers at East Huntspill's wildlife centre Secret World after a walker spotted the injured bird, which had a large object lodged in its neck as pictured here, on Summer Lane Lake at Worle near Weston-super-Mare.

"The bird was in an agitated state and as we were unable to reach it from the banks of the lake," said Secret World's Simon Kidner (who is pictured with the bird). "Using the boat was essential."

Mr Kidner was taken out onto the lake by two BARB crewmen and the swan was captured using a large net. It was then taken back to Secret World for treatment.

Steve Perks, Hovercraft Operations Manager, said the organisation was happy to help. "If distressed animals are not rescued, people often feel tempted to help by venturing into the water themselves and in turn put their own lives at risk. So long as we're not jeopardizing the rescue of a person elsewhere, BARB is happy to help with incidents like this."

The team successfully brought the bird back to the lake's bank

The swan was later operated on at Secret World, where it was found that a large fishing hook had been stuck in the bird's throat. This, and a backfill of grass, were removed.

Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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