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Eyemouth RNLI crew assist with rescue of local swan

Lifeboats News Release

Eyemouth RNLI assisted the Scottish SPCA this afternoon (Friday 12 August) in removing a fishing hook and line from one of the swans in Eyemouth.

Eyemouth swan has fishing hook removed from her beak by RNLI crew and Scottish SPCA officer.

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Eyemouth swan has fishing hook removed from her beak by RNLI crew and Scottish SPCA officer.

The Harbour Master called Eyemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station at 1.20pm to request help in catching the swan, which had been spotted thrashing about in the harbour.


Two of the volunteer crew members launched the inshore lifeboat, with the Scottish SPCA officer on board. The swan had to be separated from the group of other swans to be assessed, and she was found to have a fishing hook through her beak, as well as 7-8 metres of fishing line which was tangled in seaweed.

Sam from the FMA chandlers in Eyemouth passed over some snips and pliers to cut and remove the hook and line.

The Scottish SPCA officer checked the swan and she was then released back into the harbour where she joined her partner and three signets.

The family group of swans are well known in Eyemouth as they live at the mouth of the river Eye and are often seen in the harbour.

Eyemouth swan has fishing hook removed from her beak by RNLI crew and Scottish SPCA officer.

RNLI/Eyemouth

Eyemouth swan has fishing hook removed from her beak by RNLI crew and Scottish SPCA officer.
Eyemouth crew and Scottish SPCA officer watch as the swan returns safely to her family.

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RNLI Eyemouth crew and Scottish SPCA officer watch as the swan returns safely to her family.
The hook in the swan's beak was cut in half then removed with pliers.

RNLI/Eyemouth

The hook was cut in half then removed with pliers.

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