Rescue Vehicle Needed

A vital rescue vehicle at the National Seal Sanctuary has spluttered to a standstill and is no longer roadworthy.

Now the Sanctuary is appealing for a generous benefactor to provide a new set of wheels to help retrieve stranded seal pups from all corners of the Cornish coast...and to help with countless transport jobs at the Sanctuary itself.

Each year the Sanctuary rescues, rehabilitates and releases up to 40 abandoned or injured grey seals. Staff receive rescue calls at all times of the day and night to go out to locations in Cornwall and Devon.

A van donated by a local building firm has now reached the end of its usable life, and a replacement is needed urgently.

"The van was very useful, not only used for the rescues and releases but for transporting seals from the hospital down to the nursery pools carrying up to 100 kilos of fish a day for all our resident seals and rescued pups," said Curator Dr Glenn Boyle.

"This would be impossible to do by hand over terrain as hilly as that at Gweek".

Anyone keen to help should call the Sanctuary on 01326 221361.

"With the start of our 48th grey seal rescue season, it is vital we have a vehicle that can cope. Last year we rescued over 50 pups, which was our busiest rescue season in over 45 years" said Glenn.

For more information, please contact the Sanctuary on 01326 221361

Press Release date: 2nd October 2006