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


2006-11-27 15:35:21

Late night rescue in Cornwall

At 22.00, a call was received regarding a seal pup on Porthminster beach, St Ives. Coordinator Tim Bain was swiftly on scene, shortly followed by Dave, Lesley, Phil and Dan Jarvis.

The pup was quickly found in the middle of the beach and assessed. It appeared to be healthy except for a large swollen area around the hock of the left rear flipper, which was also oozing pus. After consulting with the Animal Care Team at the National Seal Sanctuary, the pup was uplifted as fast a possible due to the encroaching thunder and lightning and taken in by Dave, Tim and Dan.

At the Sanctuary, a clinical assessment was carried out, during which Dan managed to get bitten (ha!). The pup was a male and named ‘Pugwash’. Afterwards, we went to the hospital to get treatment for Dan’s bite wound, and thus we ended up getting home after 3am...

Dave Jarvis
Cornwall Coordinator