VIDEO: Underweight seal rescued from Sovereign Harbour

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An underweight seal was rescued from Sovereign Harbour yesterday (Friday, July 24).

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to reports of an small, thin seal near the Boardwalk on Friday, after residents were worried about it being washed out to sea and becoming distressed in the surf.

After spending some time walking the shore in pouring rain, rescuers Trevor Weeks and Chris Riddington spotted the seal, which was clearly emaciated, being tossed in the surf and trying to come ashore.

Rescuers attempted to contain the seal and at one point, even ended up in the sea, but sadly the seal disappeared.

Trevor Weeks MBE said, “It was very frustrating as the seal clearly was too weak to climb up the shingle out of the surf, and kept returning to the water. We just couldn’t get close enough quickly enough to catch the seal.”

Rescuers eventually left after witnesses the seal hitting one of the groynes and then floating out to sea and out of sight. After monitoring the shore for a while, rescuers left disheartened and fearing the worst.

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After returning to WRAS’s casualty centre and warming up, the phone rang again and the seal had been spotted just inside the harbour on the shingle.

Trevor and Chris again rushed down and this time, the seal was further away from the sea. They were able to walk along the shoreline, blocking the seal’s route back to the water.

Chris managed to put a net over the seal while Trevor managed to restrain and secure it. It was then examined on the beach and found to be very underweight and very cold.

After contacting British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the RSPCA, the seal was then transported straight to RSPCA Mallydams Wood in Hastings, to go in their specialist seal facilities.

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