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West Cornwall Area Co-ordinator Dave Jarvis commented to Medic Dan Jarvis about how remarkably quiet it had been over the Xmas period as they approached the outskirts of Hayle. The noon news came on the car radio. Half a mile and 30 seconds later the telephone rang. Dan took the call from Medic Sue Sayer, who was at Godrevy. She advised that she was observing a young seal near the strandline, which had monofilament net around its waist…
Dave and Dan returned home to collect Medic Lesley Jarvis, rescue equipment and advise the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek of the incident. They then rapidly made their way to the scene, where they met Sue and began assessing the situation. It was immediately confirmed that the seal did have net around it and that it was detached from the main haulout group and located below the cliffs at the western end of the cove. The tide was rising, but the conditions were such that it would not compromise any rescue operation, so the decision was made to make an immediate attempt before the animal went back into the sea.
Dan and Colin placed the animal into a seal bag and began the ascent of the rocks, with Cliff assisting from his vantage point. Medic Phil Jarvis and National Trust Warden Sara Dowler both arrived just as the withdrawal began, so Phil was immediately positioned halfway down to assist as required. Upon reaching the clifftop the animal was immediately transferred into a cage and transported to Gweek, with Dan calling them ahead to advise on its condition.
Upon arrival Dave, Les and Dan reported to Animal Care Assistant Abi Nichols, who was in the midst of moving pups to other pens to accommodate the new arrivals with the help of Medic Rose Barker, who is currently doing a stint of volunteering work at the Sanctuary to assist with her Advanced Marine Mammal Medic course. Within the hour Claire was back with the second pup in the back of the Sanctuary Landrover. The animal had been taken off the slipway when it was found to be lethargic and unresponsive to human contact. Further arrangements were made for the movement of seals, with the help of Chris Ellis from the Sanctuary’s Maintenance Team, at which point the telephone rang...
Medic Dan Jarvis
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