Seal Rescue at Hastings

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service who are also trained British Divers Marine Life Rescue Marine Mammal Medics attended to this injured seal on Hastings beach last night.

The callers found the injured young seal with a nasty wound to it's face and rang the East Sussex WRAS's rescue line. Duty Rescue Coordinators Chris Riddington advised the caller to stand between the seal and the sea blocking it's escape path whilst rescuers rushed over from the charities base at Whitesmith.

On arrival the public had used a life buoy rope to prevent the seal going back into the sea as it has begun to get restless.

The rescuers, who are trained in capturing seals, secured the injured mammal and placed it into a large cage. Rescuers contacted Advanced Marine Mammal Medic and WRAS founder Trevor Weeks  for advice and after discussing over the phone, contacted Richard Thomas at RSPCA Mallydams Wood in Fairlight and were able to meet him at the hospital in Peter James Lane where the seal was assessed and bedded down for the night.

"The seal is suffering from a large open abscess to the side of its mouth and it's touch and go whether it will make it, but Mallydams will give it the best chance" said Chris.

East Sussex WRAS would like to thank BDMLR and the RSPCA staff for their assistance. Three organisations pulling together for the welfare of a casualty.

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