It was a race against time to gather them, clean them up and release them back into the wild. Duncan Sleightholme was on the shoreline in Dorset to see the birds depart. They were washed up after a major pollution incident.
They say lives will be lost if it's scrapped but today campaigners fighting to save the coastguard helicopter at Portland in Dorset were dealt a bitter blow.
Half the 18 coastguard co-ordination centres around the country - including Portland and Lee-on-the-Solent - are to close and are being replaced by a new national centre near Fareham. The re-orgnisation will also see the Dorset search and rescue helicopter axed in the next five years.
Hopes were raised after the Transport Select Committee called for public consultation about the plans. But, as Kerry Swain reports, the new Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond appeared to have made his mind up.
We also hear from Richard Drax, Conservative MP for South Dorset.
VIDEO: They save lives every day - but now the Dorset Search and Rescue helicopter has been thrown a lifeline. The service was due to be axed in the next five years - but now questions are being asked about that decision. Martin Dowse reports.
Portland will have a lasting memory of the Paralympics when all the sailors return home. The Royal Mail will paint a post box gold in honor sailor Helena Lucas who won top honors in the Single-Person Keelboat competition.