Young-Gull-save-by-Ramsgate-RNLI-crew

Byline: Late on Monday (20th. May) afternoon, as Ramsgate RNLI’s volunteer crew members were arriving at the boathouse for a training exercise, the cox’n received a phone call from Port Control about a young seagull tangled up in fishing line and unable to fly.
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The seagull was on the beach built up on the outer side of the harbour wall where it was not possible to get to without a boat and the fishing weights attached to the line were holding in the sand. After making a phone call to the Duty Launching Authority, the Cox’n Ian Cannon along with 2 other crew members launched the inshore lifeboat, the Atlantic 75 class Bob Turnbull, to assist.

On arrival, the cox’n got as close as possible to the beach where 2 of the crew waded ashore and made their way to the seagull. One crew member, with gloves, carefully held the young seagull , whilst the other crew member cut the fishing line away. Once the fishing line was cut free from the bird, it was inspected to check for any obvious injuries and then released, whereby it promptly flew away and rested on the breakwater, watching its rescuers.

The 2 crew members ashore then gathered up the considerable amount of fishing line and tackle and made their way back to the awaiting inshore lifeboat to return to the boathouse and begin the the training exercise.

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: Late on Monday (20th. May) afternoon, as Ramsgate RNLI's volunteer crew members were arriving at the boathouse for a training exercise, the cox'n received a phone call from Port Control about a young seagull tangled up in fishing line and unable to fly.
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The seagull was on the beach built up on the outer side of the harbour wall where it was not possible to get to without a boat and the fishing weights attached to the line were holding in the sand. After making a phone call to the Duty Launching Authority, the Cox'n Ian Cannon along with 2 other crew members launched the inshore lifeboat, the Atlantic 75 class Bob Turnbull, to assist.

On arrival, the cox'n got as close as possible to the beach where 2 of the crew waded ashore and made their way to the seagull. One crew member, with gloves, carefully held the young seagull , whilst the other crew member cut the fishing line away. Once the fishing line was cut free from the bird, it was inspected to check for any obvious injuries and then released, whereby it promptly flew away and rested on the breakwater, watching its rescuers.

The 2 crew members ashore then gathered up the considerable amount of fishing line and tackle and made their way back to the awaiting inshore lifeboat to return to the boathouse and begin the the training exercise.

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789