British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2008-09-20 22:15:32

Badly injured pup rescued from Tintagel, Cornwall

Seal pupAt around 3:30pm a call came in via the National Seal Sanctuary of a pup reported on Tintagel beach below the mythically famous castle from an Auxiliary Coastguard named Anthony. He had gone down to the beach to check on the pup as he had only received a second hand report, but in the meantime, Assistant Coordinator Michelle Robinson set out to the location.

After receiving a more detailed report from Anthony, Michelle swiftly made contact and met him to rescue the pup, which had a deep injury to the head. Coordinator/Director Dave Jarvis, Coordinator Tim Bain and Medic Lesley Jarvis started out to meet Michelle at Wadebridge to relay it down to the Sanctuary, together with nearby BDMLR vet Sean Langton, who was requested to see it due to the initial reports on its condition.

Sean’s assessment found that the deep injury on the top of the pup’s head was likely to lead to an abscess that had ruptured near the right eye, which was ulcerated. It was around 2 weeks old, was female and had a high temperature. A large amount of orange/pink pus was flushed from the wound and through the right eye. After Sean had finished treating the pup, it continued on its way to the National Seal Sanctuary, where Animal Care Assistants Clare McGowan and Dan Jarvis met it. They continued treatment of the animal's injuries and gave a full clinical assessment.

Dave Jarvis
Director and Cornwall Area Coordinator
British Divers Marine Life Rescue