Porpoise seriously injured by boat propeller

PUBLISHED: 11:53 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 15 April 2018

The porpoise was seriously injured after being hit by a boat propeller. Picture: BARB.

The porpoise was seriously injured after being hit by a boat propeller. Picture: BARB.

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A porpoise was spotted in distress off Burnham-on-Sea beach last night (Saturday).

Marine mammal medicals from BARB Search and Rescue helping the injured porpoise. Picture: BARB.Marine mammal medicals from BARB Search and Rescue helping the injured porpoise. Picture: BARB.

The animal had suffered serious injuries to its left side and tail after being hit by a boat propeller.

A crew of marine mammal medics from BARB Search and Rescue were called out just after 6.30pm to help the animal which was in shallow water half a mile north of Burnham lighthouse.

Due to the extent of its injuries, the animal had to be put down by vet Mike Hayes.

Mr Hayes, from Blackrock Veterinary surgery in Burnham, said: “The porpoise had sadly been injured in several places and suffered deep wounds. Putting it down was the only humane option.”

The porpoise was spotted by a fisherman and dog walker who called for help.

The animal was removed from the water by medics from BARB who kept it calm and wet until the vet arrived.

Chairman Mark Newman said: “It was a very sad outcome for a beautiful creature.

“We thank those members of the public who raised the alarm in doing the right thing in getting help to the porpoise as quickly as possible.”

BARB Search and Rescue’s volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day to assist with incidents along the coastline.

Anyone in need of help should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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