Swans cause chaos on busy Eastbourne road

Swans released after traffic hold-up SUS-160501-141557001
Swans released after traffic hold-up SUS-160501-141557001

A busy Eastbourne road was brought to a standstill this afternoon (January 5) after a pair of swans crash landed close to traffic.

Two adult swans crashed on Lottbridge Drove near the Tesco store, leading to a number of calls to the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS).

Two wildlife ambulances attended the incident and traffic had to be stopped as rescuers Tony and Chris caught the birds.

One swan was caught easily but the partner put up more of a fight, proving harder to catch.

Rescuer Trevor Weeks said, “When you have traffic wanting to get past and time is against you, these rescues never turn out as easy as you hope.

“Tony loaded his swan into his ambulance and it was not long before Chris had his swan under control and out of harm’s way.”

The pair of swans were checked over to ensure they were not injured and then taken along the road to Princes Park where they were released together.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/

2) Like our Facebook page at Text to display

3) Follow us on Twitter @Eastbournenews

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Eastbourne Herald - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.