Waterlogged Puffin rescued by RNLI Lifeguard

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI Lifeguards at Filey made an unusual rescue recently when they went to help a waterlogged Puffin that was in danger of drowning off the North Yorkshire beach.


Rescued Puffin on Lifeguard Rescue Board

The young animal was being tossed about by waves and in grave danger of being knocked against the sea wall and drowning before RNLI Lifeguard Scott Brierley went to the rescue. Padding out on his rescue board and carrying a basket he managed to gather up the petrified puffin from the water and eventually bring it back to the shore and safety.

Once ashore the waterlogged animal was placed into the care of an animal welfare expert and is now recovering at a local bird sanctuary.

Senior Lifeguard Henry Baxter said: “We do unfortunately see a number of seabirds getting into trouble against the sea wall but this is our first Puffin - it’s really very unusual and we were glad we could help as it would probably not have survived without assistance.’

He urged members of the public never to try and rescue animals in distress at sea themselves.

He added: “Members of the public can be tempted to go into the water themselves if they see an animal in distress but we would always urge them not to go into the water and to dial the Coastguard on 999 who will be able to send help.”


Filey Lifeguard Scott Brierley with Puffin

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