Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rescue Operation as Hurt Seal's Washed Ashore

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rescue Operation as Hurt Seal's Washed Ashore

Article excerpt

A TYNESIDE coastal spot had an unexpected visitor.

An injured seal washed up on to the ramp at Brown's Bay near Cullercoats and, with the help of kindhearted rescuers, was able to be kept safe while it recovered.

St Mary's Seal Watch was the first organisation contacted. As many of their members are also volunteer marine mammal rescue medics with British Divers Marine Life Rescue, they were able to put together a taskforce.

BDMLR began to put in place a rescue operation, and the RSPCA sent down an officer to help.

Dylan Bennett, a volunteer marine mammal medic with St Mary's, said: "Organising a rescue of a large seal has many challenges such as how to catch it, move it and where to take it and so takes time.

"While this operation was put in place St Mary's Seal Watch volunteers, with the assistance of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, made sure the area around the seal be kept secure in order to ensure that the animal not be subjected to unnecessary stress and for the safety of the public. …

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