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Video: Stranded seal pup rescued from beach at Margate harbour by British Divers Marine Life Rescue

22 April 2014
by Peter Barnett

An injured seal pup has been rescued from Margate harbour.

The distressed animal was saved while hundreds of spectators gathered on the prom and around the harbour yesterday afternoon.

It was taken away for treatment by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue as the drama unfolded at just after 2pm.

A cage is positioned on Margate beach to take away the seal. Picture Justin Chant

A cage is positioned on Margate beach to take away the seal. Picture: Justin Chant

The alarm was raised by KM Group senior reporter Lowri Stafford, who was on the harbour arm with friends.

Lowri said: "The tide was out and the seal was clearly in difficulty on the mud.

"As the tide came in quickly, it tried to move away from the water, eventually ending up on a little island, before heading for the shore near the slipway.

"It was flipping about on its back and moving really slowly, clearly in distress with an injury to its side, so it couldn't go back into the sea."

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Help arrives for the stranded seal pup on Margate seafront. Picture Justin Chant

Help arrives for the stranded seal pup on Margate seafront. Picture: Justin Chant

Three volunteers help the seal to safety on Margate beach. Picture Justin Chant

Three volunteers help the seal to safety on Margate beach. Picture: Justin Chant

Safely inside the cage, the rescued seal pup is taken away. Picture Justin Chant

Safely inside the cage, the rescued seal pup is taken away. Picture: Justin Chant

She added: "The tide was coming in fast, so it moved away from the water and into the path of lots of people, who were taking photos and pouring water on it.

"A council worker turned up with a bin bag and litter picker - I think someone had reported it as dead.

"I called the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, who arrived about an hour later, caged it and took it away for treatment."

 

Video: A stranded seal pup is rescued from Margate beach 

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