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Seal washed onto busy road in Pembrokeshire

The seal caused traffic chaos after becoming stuck on a bridge Credit: The Pembrokeshire Herald

A seal was washed onto a busy road in Pembrokeshire by winter storms this morning.

The seal caused heavy traffic during the morning rush hour after becoming stuck on Blackbridge in Milford Haven.

Police and the Welsh Marine Life Rescue were called just after 9am to usher it back towards the water after shutting down the road, but found it 'uncooperative'.

When I arrived the seal was on the footpath heading towards town.

We couldn't understand how it got there. We assumed it must have been washed through the sluice into the overflow lake on the opposite side to Castle Pill.

The police seemed to be in a bit of a panic, not knowing what to do.

– Terry Leadbetter, Welsh Marine Life Rescue
The seal was swept out of the sea and onto land Credit: The Pembrokeshire Herald

The seal was eventually herded onto banking around Castle Pill, where it then plunged 20ft into the water before swimming away unharmed.

There was nowhere nearby, we thought, that we could get it back in. There was a track further up the road which led down to the water so we tried to usher it the footpath.

It was extremely aggressive and not very cooperative. I was aided by a large baffle board with another person who had a small 2ft square riot shield.

– Terry Leadbetter, Welsh Marine Life Rescue

We were called to the incident. The seal was back in the water aided by Welsh Marine Life Rescue by 9:38am.

– Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson