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Seal rescued from Redcar promenade by RNLI

Photo: Redcar RNLI

RNLI volunteers who were training on a beach in Redcar spotted a young seal on the promenade, sheltering from the rough sea - and gave it refuge in their lifeboat station until it could be returned to the water.

Dave Cocks, the Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: "To start with it was quite happy to stay snuggled up out of the weather in a corner of a shelter.

"But as more people came along it tried to get out of the way, and we were concerned it might even end up on the road outside the boathouse."

Credit: Redcar RNLI

Instead, the volunteers used one of the lifeboat’s survivor’s blankets to swaddle the seal so it could be carried into a quiet corner of the lifeboat station.

They contacted the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, who picked up the seal and took it to a stretch of the River Tees where a large colony of grey seals lives.

The RNLI said they had been contacted by people from around the world after posting a picture of the seal on their Facebook page.

Credit: Redcar RNLI
Credit: Redcar RNLI