Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch

Seal rescue in Sunderland

Trapped Seal rescued in HendonA seal was rescued from a perilous position on Hendon Beach after being trapped in rocks for four hours.

ACO Bryan Moffitt attended the incident and came across a juvenile grey seal weighing about 15kgs, jammed between the rocks and a slipway. It was above the tide line, and appears it was probably washed over by a large wave which pushed it over into a crevasse.

Bryan said: “Members of the public had tried to rescue it, however it was very feisty, and quite rightly they thought better of it. I used a dog catch pole which was placed around the body of the seal and gently lifted it out, kicking and screaming. I quickly released it and the seal flip-flopped down the slip way, back into the North Sea.”

Nice work, Bryan!