Published: June 6, 2009
In photos: Injured swan retrieved from Burnham-On-Sea lake

A rescue boat was used to retrieve this injured swan from a Burnham-On-Sea lake on Friday evening (June 5th) after a razor-sharp fishing hook became embedded in its beak.

The female swan had been spotted in an agitated state by staff at Lakeside Holiday Park, who contacted local wildlife charity Secret World, who in turn called for the help of Burnham's BARB rescue boat.

Secret World volunteer Terry Gratton told "The bird had swallowed a length of fishing line, leaving it with a barbed hook embedded in its beak. This was causing it pain and some bleeding."

"It couldn't be reached from the lake's banks, so the help of the BARB rescue boat was much appreciated."

BARB crewmembers Ellie West and Al Humphries used a net to capture the swan and bring it to the shore where Secret World's carers took it away for treatment.

A crowd of 50 holidaymakers at the park watched the rescue unfold from the banks of the lake.

Two members of the holiday park's staff, Richard Hearle and Jamie Bennett, also helped the rescue efforts using their rowing boat.

The bird was taken away by Secret World for treatment and has since been returned back to its young family on the lake.

BARB's rescue boat during Friday's rescue, watched by holidaymakers

Spots of blood were visible on the neck of the swan, seen here with its young

The fishing line could clearly be seen hanging from the beak of the swan


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