Emergency rescue after seal becomes stranded in Cleethorpes
The team were called to the scene at around 6:30pm this Bank Holiday Monday.
The seal was recovered before the team, assisted by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue crew, cleaned and sealed his wounds with antibiotic spray.
A spokesperson for the Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue team said:
“After cleaning and sealing the seal’s wounds with antibiotic spray, it was released back on the beach where it made its way out to the tide.
“The blue spray antibiotics will also help us identify it should it come back onshore.”
The seal was released and returned to the water within an hour of rescue. See the video here:
This incident follows increasing reports of seal sightings on Cleethorpes beach.
Visitors, especially dog walkers, are being advised to avoid wild seals, and to report any injured wildlife to Cleethorpes Beach Safety by calling 01472323356.
“Seals may seem very cute and slow but they can and will chase away a threat that tries to approach, you do not want to receive a bite, they are very powerful and painful,” added a spokesperson.
“Unless there are any visible injuries or if the seal is in distress, they will be left alone it’s their natural habitat, we’re the ones invading their space, they will find their way back to the sea when they are ready.
“Please observe the animals from a good and safe distance.
“Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue will attend if required.”
A fundraising campaign has been launched to raise funds for 4 new intensive care incubators to support the rescue and rehabilitation of injured wildlife. You can donate here.