boat crew retrieves injured swan from canal
rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea have this week helped wildlife
carers in Bridgwater retrieve an injured swan which had partially
swallowed a fishing hook and line.
inshore rescue boat crew was called out by East Huntspill's Secret
World at 9.45am on Tuesday, August 17th) after a member of the
public reported seeing the distressed cygnet (pictured) on the
BARB boat was taken by road to Bridgwater, where it was launched
onto the water by five of the charity's volunteer crewmembers
near Taunton Road.
World volunteer Mervyn Gratton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
bird was in a lot of pain, having swallowed a discarded hook and
line which had become lodged near its beak."
to the help of BARB, we managed to capture the bird from the boat
with a net after a 40 minute operation. The bird has been taken
to a vet for emergency treatment."
are BARB crew members Al Humphries and Roger Flower with Secret
World's Mervyn Gratton and, above, the injured bird
Official BARB Web site