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Cute seal comes to harbour's edge for help

The injured harbour seal was rescued from Sovereign Harbour Credit: WRAS

A cute, injured seal took itself to an RNLI launch ramp to alert people that it was hurt and in need of rescue. The mammal was spotted losing blood at Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne yesterday and was rescued by the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service.

“We checked the seal over and as first had been thought, the seal had numerous puncture wounds around its rear flippers and tail as well as on its chest. We contacted British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and informed them that we had caught the seal and they contacted RSPCA Mallydams Wood at Fairlight where we then drove the seal to receive expert treatment'.

– Trevor Weeks, East Sussex WRAS


Cat rescue centre in urgent appeal for new premises

A cat rescue centre in Sussex has launched an urgent appeal to help find new premises.

Ron Ayres has run the shelter from his rented home in Brighton for fifteen years. Lost Cats Brighton cares for and re-homes around two hundred cats each year.

But Mr Ayres, 77, has now been diagnosed with lung cancer, and he fears for the future of the animals unless a more permanent location can be found.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Ron, and volunteer Fiona Pearce.

lIf you think you can help, you will find more details here.

Students rescued in Himalayas due back next week

Students from the Holt School in Wokingham became trapped during flash floods in the Himalayas Credit: ITV Meridian

A group of students from Berkshire who were rescued in the Himalayas after they became trapped by flash floods are due to fly home on Tuesday.

Twenty pupils and three teachers from the Holt School in Wokingham were trekking in the Ladakh region when they were caught in torrential rain.

They were airlifted to safety.


Dramatic footage as deer is rescued from 40ft ledge

Roe deer is released into the wild after being trapped for three days

It was a case of hide and seek for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service yesterday who had to lure a deer to safety after it became trapped behind a fence in Uckfield for three days.

The Roe deer was tricked into walking into a net which allowed staff to move it away from the 40ft ledge and release it into the wild.

“We are not sure how the deer got into the area but according to local residents it was stuck there for three days.

"I hid behind a tree stump whilst Trevor and Chris encouraged the deer towards me.

"I waited there hidden so the deer wouldn’t see me.

"It wasn’t long before I could hear the deer crashing through the vegetation and it the suddenly ran straight into the net.

"I sprang into action and called for back up from Chris and Trevor who quickly joined me in gaining full control over the deer."

– Kathy Martyn, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

“The rescue operation was a dangerous one and although we ensured we stayed far enough from the edge of the 40ft drop we were worried the deer could be frightened and jump potentially to its death.

"Our approach had to be very careful and move into position quickly to encourage the deer in the right direction and into the net.

"These rescues are very stressful to both rescuers and deer and have to be undertaken as quickly as possible to avoid the deer having a heart attack”

– Trevor Weeks, ast Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Man who fell overboard releases book about his dramatic rescue

Andrew Taylor was suffering from hypothermia and shock when he was rescued Credit: ITV Meridian

Exactly one year after he was rescued from the North Pacific, a novice sailor has released a book about his fight for survival.

Andrew Taylor who's 47 and from Oxford, was taking part in the Clipper round the world yacht race when he was hit by a huge wave and swept out to sea. A violent storm meant Andrew spent nearly two hours in the freezing water.

Today he is releasing his book 179West - named after the exact co-ordinates where he fell overboard.

Two fishermen rescued off the south coast

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was called out late last night (Friday 5 December) after a fishing vessel encountered problems on its delivery voyage.

The 10m long fishing vessel with two persons on board was on passage from Burnham-on-Crouch to Portsmouth when, while about five miles north of Margate, and in worsening weather conditions they encountered problems first with their electronic navigation system and then with their main engine.

The crew contacted coastguards at Dover and requested assistance to reach safety.

Margate’s all-weather lifeboat ‘Leonard Kent’ was tasked to assist and once on scene it was established that the fishing vessel’s progress using their faltering engine was insufficient to make safe progress so the vessel was taken in tow.

After an uneventful passage the refuge of Ramsgate harbour was reached and the vessel secured safely alongside, their journey temporarily interrupted.

Both crew were none the worse for wear after their experience.

Boy in hospital after coastguard rescue on the Isle of Wight

The eight-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital from Appley beach Credit: Bright Wight Images
Lifeboat crews rescued the youngster from the sea in Ryde Credit: Bright Wight Images

An eight year old boy was pulled into a lifeboat from the water at Appley beach in Ryde on the Isle of Wight yesterday. The Solent coastguard helicopter then airlifted the child to St Mary's Hospital in Newport.

Thousands of people were in the area at the time for Armed Forces Day. The boy was later transferred to Southampton Hospital where his condition was described as critical but stable.

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