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Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 11.17am on August 1 to reports of a deer in the sea near Holywell.

The D class inshore lifeboat was launched and the crew made their way to the area. When they arrived they found a deer that kept entering and exiting the water to avoid being caught. Eventually it came ashore near the lifeboat museum and took shelter in some bushes.

A team of volunteers from several organisations came together to capture it including two members of the lifeboat crew. As they got close the deer made another bid for freedom.

Jaiden Perna from the RNLI lifeboat crew leapt into action and was able to hold down the deer long enough for more people to get close and help bring the animal under control before it was loaded into a wildlife ambulance and taken onto the South Downs to be released.

‘The deer had been in and out of the water and was in danger of hurting itself and others. As soon as it slipped I saw my chance to help it and dived on top so we could get it under control and get it back to the wild.’ Jaiden said afterwards.


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