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


2007-01-14 12:35:41

Very early wake up call in Cornwall!

Just before 0245hrs (that's right!) on-call BDMLR Hotline Coordinator Jason Carter contacted Medic Dan Jarvis (a known nocturnal creature) about a call he had just received from a member of the public at St Ives who had happened upon a seal hauled out at the top of Porthgwidden Beach that he was concerned about. Dan took a dangerous course of action by waking his parents Coordinator Dave Jarvis and Medic Lesley Jarvis, who got ready to go out. Dave also called Coordinator Tim Bain who lives only a few minutes walk from the beach to attend as well.

With the help of the caller, Tim was able to quickly locate the pup up against the sea wall. Its tracks could be followed down the beach to the point where it had exited the sea not far below the high tide mark. Dave, Lesley and Dan joined Tim a short time later and the pup assessed. It was found to be female, moulted, underweight at approximately 18kg with a few minor bite injuries and also a very snotty nose with associated laboured breathing. The temperature was a normal 37.7C. Despite this the pup was still very much alert and proved to be very feisty, and managed to score a direct hit in Dan's face with a flipper-full of sand! The decision was made to uplift the pup and hold it for the remainder of the night and then Dan would take it to the National Seal Sanctuary when he started his shift there at 0800hrs. The pup was removed from the beach to Tim's flat, where it was tubed fluids, before arriving at the Jarvis house just after 0500hrs.

At 0730hrs Dan transported the pup to the Sanctuary where it was given a clinical examination. She has been named 'Flik' and weighed 19kg.

Dave Jarvis
Cornwall Coordinator
British Divers Marine Life Rescue