Sunday 22 October 2017

Seal given refuge by RNLI crew

A young seal found sheltering on Redcar beach (Dave Cocks/RNLI/PA)
A young seal found sheltering on Redcar beach (Dave Cocks/RNLI/PA)

An RNLI lifeboat crew carried out an unusual rescue when a young seal was found taking refuge from heavy seas in a promenade shelter.

The Redcar volunteer crew were training on Redcar beach, near Middlesbrough, yesterday when the fit and well juvenile was spotted snuggling up in a corner of the shelter.

As more people came to see the grey seal, there were fears it could try to get away and end up on a nearby road.

A marine expert was called in and the seal was taken to colony on the River Tees.

Dave Cocks, lifeboat operations manager at Redcar RNLI, said: "We guess it had decided to get itself out of the sea sometime during the night to avoid the rough waves we're experiencing at the moment. Winds were gusting at nearly 60mph.

"To start with it was quite happy to stay snuggled up out of the weather in a corner of a shelter.

"But as more people came along it tried to get out of the way and we were concerned it might even end up on the road outside the boathouse."

The seal was swaddled in survivor blankets and taken to a quiet corner of the boathouse until Chris Thompson of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue arrived to put it back in safe waters.

Mr Cocks said: "It was a bit different to the usual type of rescue we get involved with but at least it's proved to be a good news story."

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