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

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2009-09-08 17:08:40

TV Presenter Kate Humble joins fight to help stranded Whales and Dolphins

New BDMLR patron Kate Humble (Photo: Gavin Parsons)Wildlife presenter Kate Humble has agreed to become a patron for British Divers Marine Life Rescue after training as a Marine Mammal Medic.

On Thursday last week (3rd September 2009) BDMLR Chairman Alan Knight OBE helped by a team of marine mammal medics attended a Marine Mammal Medic Course especially for Kate and filmed for the new series of BBC1’s Autumn Watch. Using a life size inflatable model whale, dolphin and seal filled with water, Kate was trained how to rescue and secure a seal, how to provide first aid to a stranded dolphin and how to refloat a stranded whale using a special pontoon system developed in New Zealand.

"This is a really fun course and very educational too and Kate really enjoyed herself, so much so that she has agreed to become a patron for our charity. This is great news for our work and will really help us promote the work we do around the UKs coastline" said Alan Knight OBE.

BDMLR run marine mammal medics courses around the UK and have trained approximately 7000 members of the public since 1995. Every year medics are asked to attend over 300 seal call-outs and up to 45 cetacean incidents.

Medics from BDMLR recently helped lead a team of fire brigade volunteers and local residents in the Outer Hebrides to rescue three white beaked dolphins which stranded in a bay. "We have dedicated volunteers round the country and have been involve in helping to remove seals from the water tanks at Nuclear Power Stations to capturing and releasing trapped dolphins in harbours" explained Alan, "we are a charity and run on donations and really need as much support as we can to help rescue and care for the marine life around our coasts, having Kate on board is a much needed boost to our cause."

Anyone interested in donating to or becoming a medic with BDMLR can find out more on our website.

Trevor Weeks
National Co-ordinator
British Divers Marine Life Rescue