February 1, 2009
swan rescued near Burnham-On-Sea after striking power lines
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).
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.
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."
to reach it from the banks of the lake were unsuccessful, so using
the rescue boat was essential."
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.
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.
organisation has helped and rescued dozens of people along Somerset's
coastline and assisted with many wildlife incidents in recent
BBC Online coverage of this incident [External link]
Hovercraft Web site
are BARB crewmembers Chris Perks, Roger Flower and Norman Templeman
with Secret World's Graeme Thompson carrying the injured swan