Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: February 1, 2009
Injured swan rescued near Burnham-On-Sea after striking power lines

A swan which flew into electricity lines, breaking one of its wings and a leg, is in the safe hands of animal carers after being retrieved by a rescue boat crew and wildlife experts from Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (February 1st).

The inshore rescue boat from Burnham based charity BARB was called out by carers from Secret World after the swan had been spotted in a distressed state on a lake at Westhay on Sunday morning.

Secret World's Graeme Thompson explained: "A nearby resident said the bird had been seen hitting the power lines and had suffered multiple suspected injuries, leaving it in a bad condition."

"Attempts to reach it from the banks of the lake were unsuccessful, so using the rescue boat was essential."

Mr Thompson was taken out onto the water by BARB crewmembers Roger Flower and Norman Templeman and the injured bird was captured before being taken away for treatment by Secret World.

BARB is an independent charity run that operates two rescue hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat which are run entirely by volunteers and funded by donations from the public.

The organisation has helped and rescued dozens of people along Somerset's coastline and assisted with many wildlife incidents in recent years.


BBC Online coverage of this incident [External link]

Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site

Pictured are BARB crewmembers Chris Perks, Roger Flower and Norman Templeman with Secret World's Graeme Thompson carrying the injured swan to safety


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