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Distressed deer rescued from Penzance harbour

Distressed deer rescued from Penzance harbour

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:35am 22nd June 2020. (Updated at 8:23am 22nd June 2020)

A deer has been rescued from Penzance harbour after it was found distressed in the water.

It had been spotted swimming around trying to find its way out.

The deer appeared to be swimming competently and the tide was dropping so the RNLI crew thought the wild animal may be able to get onto dry land soon.

The deer was then startled by the noises of the harbour – moving boats, Scillonian maintenance workers and the general public passing by – and so it began to swim out through the gap.

The Penlee Lifeboat was launched at around 9.30am on Friday morning to help the animal.

Local swimmers at Battery Rocks saw the deer swimming around and pointed the volunteer crew in the right direction.

deer rescue penzance harbour

The crew then calmly approached the deer and lifted it into the lifeboat, wrapping it in a blanket and lightly covering its head to reduce stress.

When they arrived back at the station, Patch phoned the RSPCA but unfortunately nobody was able to help them immediately so they were given permission to release the deer into an open field.

They drove the deer up to Paul, a village just beyond Newlyn, and released it safely into the wild.

"Safety is our top priority and to limit the risk of anybody else being hurt in this circumstance – we wanted to help the distressed animal and reduce the risk of a member of public attempting to rescue the deer themselves."

Patch Harvey, Coxswain Mechanic at Penlee

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