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Rescued swan to be operated on after hitting power cables

Chris Riddington carrying the rescued swan Photo: WRAS

A swan has had to be rescued after hitting power cables just north of Newhaven, East Sussex.

Rescuer Trevor Weeks MBE, Chris Riddington and Dave Novel from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service rescued the swan which was in a drainage dyke just north of Newhaven’s Incinerator on Wednesday.

The original report was of a swan with a damaged wing and possibly caught by a dog.

We found the swan in the water stood on a large submerged stone. Rescuer Chris was able to get close enough to reach out and catch the swan, which although it hissed, was clearly reluctant to swim off. The wing was bent backwards on itself, and clearly fractured.

– Trevor Weeks

The swan was taken to WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith where it was examined and given medication. Vets are expected to operate on the wing this morning.

Trevor added:

“The injury was not fresh and had potentially happened a few days earlier. Another dead and decomposing swan was also found close by.”