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

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2005-12-03 15:34:19

Seal rescued at St Ives, Cornwall

During the afternoon of the 3rd, a seal was reported to Director Tony Woodley, who was manning the BDMLR Hotline, as being alone on a beach behind the pier at St Ives. With the Coordinators otherwise occupied running a training course in the North of the county, Medic Phil Jarvis was contacted to attend. Tony also called out Medic Simon Money who lives in St Ives, while Phil and Medic Jessica Maynard were en route.

The pup was located and assessed to be underweight, a bit dehydrated and lethargic. The details were passed on to ACT member Marianne Fellows of the National Seal Sanctuary, who then came out with zoolyte to tube feed the seal before it was removed. In the meantime, the Medics kept people and dogs a safe distance away and herded the pup up the beach due to the incoming tide.

When Marianne arrived, she jumped the pup and tube fed it with assistance from the Medics. It was then loaded into a cage and put in the back of the Sanctuary’s Land Rover for transport to the centre. Once it arrived it was given a clinical examination and treated. It has been named 'Cobbler'.

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall
(Newquay - Land's End - St Austell)