Injured swan rescued from canal by Burnham-On-Sea's BARB
rescue boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea was called out on Monday (January
22nd) to help wildlife rescuers retrieve a badly injured swan on
a canal near Bridgwater.
World called for the help of BARB Search & Rescue's inshore
rescue boat and volunteers at 3.30pm to reach the distressed bird
on the Bridgwater Canal.
boat was driven by road from Burnham-On-Sea to Fordgate where it
was launched onto the Bridgwater Canal with Secret World wildlife
expert Graeme Thompson onboard.
juvenile swan had been reported to Secret World because one at Fordgate
had been dragging its left wing in the water. It clearly needed
to be rescued but when we approached it on the banks, it had gone
onto the water beyond reach," said Graeme.
only hope of making the capture was to appeal to BARB for help and
they quickly arrived on scene. After a short pursuit, the swan became
trapped in reeds and we were able to secure it."
swan was taken straight to Secret World where our fears were confirmed.
The left wing had suffered a compound fracture and since there was
no possibility of a cure, its suffering was brought to a swift and
merciful end when it was put down with an injection."
explained: "We were feeling so helpless without a boat to reach
the swan, so we are very grateful for the help of BARB's volunteers.
The swan will no longer have to suffer."