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Tiny ducklings trapped in a sewer rescued with an iPad recording of their mother's quack

Two ducklings who became stuck in a sewer were rescued when quick-thinking workers coaxed them back into daylight - using an iPad recording of their mother's quack.

Two ducklings - similar to this pair - became trapped in the drain Credit: PA

Holidaymakers visiting Burton Bradstock in West Dorset discovered the mother duck frantically quacking near a manhole cover with eight other ducklings - all only a few days old - milling nearby.

With faint sounds also coming from the drain and the mother refusing to leave the area, Mark Hyde and his wife, from Lancashire, called Wessex Water to see what could be done.

Within an hour, sewer technicians Brendan Sutcliffe and Keith Carter were on the scene - and when they could not reach the ducklings themselves, they used their high-tech equipment to record the mother's quacking, lowering the tablet into the drain so the youngsters could hear it properly.

As they ventured near, they were then caught using rather less high-tech bits of kit - a plastic kitchen colander and a badminton racket.

The ducks were returned to a nearby stream (not pictured) Credit: PA

Speaking to local paper the Bridport News, Mr Hyde said:

When the two siblings were reunited with them the excitement was incredible and was actually very touching.

The ducklings were scooped into a cardboard box and taken down to the nearby stream with the mother in tow, before they all swam away.

It was a very happy ending and a great story of people coming together to reunite a lovely little family.

– Mark Hyde, Tourist

The rescue also rounded off a long career for sewer worker Mr Carter, who retired this week after 34 years.

It was a lovely way for him to end his career and he went out on a high.


Health chiefs at Derriford say they may not be able to meet growing demands

Health chiefs at the region's biggest hospital have issued a grim warning that they may not be able to meet growing demands from patients as they struggle to make cutbacks.

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital needs to chop £12 million from its budget. But that will still leave it short of £33 million next year.

As John Andrews reports, its not the only one of the region's hospitals feeling the pinch.


Man believed to have stabbed four-year-old daughter before killing himself

The young girl was taken to Derriford Hospital with serious internal injuries. Credit: ITV News

A man is believed to have stabbed his four-year-old daughter before turning the knife on himself at a home in the remote Cornish hamlet of Whitecross, near Polruan.

He was found dead by police, who were called to the house last night, and the young girl was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with serious internal injuries. Today it emerged that the man had previously tried to kill his family by deliberately crashing his car.

An investigation has been launched but officers say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

It has emerged that the man tried to kill his family before. Credit: ITV News


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Derriford Hospital reveals its deficit is expected to grow

Derriford Hospital has revealed its deficit is expected to grow. Credit: ITV News

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital has revealed its deficit is expected to grow to £33million.

In the last financial year it was just under £5million - but today the Board will hear that a loss of one-off sources of funding and underspends not continuing have contributed to the expected increase.

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