Swan trapped in fishing gear rescued minutes before drowning
A distressed swan trapped in tangled fishing gear was rescued – minutes before drowning.
The female swan was seen struggling to stay above the water on The Flashes near Rilshaw Lane, across from Lakeside Caravan Park.
Ian Daniells, a Winsford resident who works for Lower Moss Wood Wildlife Hospital, rushed to the scene after his wife Elaine received an SOS call from a passer-by around 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
âThe swan was drowning because the line was tied all around its body,â Ian said. âWhen he panicked, he was pulled underwater.
“He was bleeding quite profusely because his feathers had broken.”
Paddleboarders Matt Bernal and Abbie Jones helped Ian reach the swan and then came back to pull out the rest of the line.
âThey took me around the corner to where the swan was,â Ian said. âI picked her up, she was so exhausted, she didn’t fight and collapsed on the board.
âI got the majority of the dacron line over there.
“The main flight feathers had been torn and badly damaged on both wings. The left leg was cutting to the bone. I put it in a swan bag.”
The injured swan was placed in a special bag and taken to the Stapeley Grange Wildlife Center
The swan was taken to the Stapeley Grange Wildlife Center where vets immediately operated on and removed part of the wire that had gone deep into his leg.
“They called me back and told me it was a good prognosis. The swan is now on antibiotic treatment.
“We will put her back exactly where we found her. The swans will stay together for life and if she has a partner he will be yearning for her. At least this one is safe now.”
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Ian congratulated everyone who helped with the rescue and urged the fishermen to sound the alarm if their gear is cut.
âReal fishermen are really upset when they have to leave something behind,â Ian said.
âIf the fishermen cast and their line gets stuck in a distant branch, it will break and they will not be able to go out and get it.
“However, if the fishermen call me, I can arrange for the paddlers to come out and pick him up.
âThey do a great job cleaning up the line and all the junk they spot.
âI love the way this amazing little community picks up litter.
âThe Flashes are our crown jewel.
âI have post traumatic stress disorder and it’s absolutely amazing for me to save a swan and release it.
“We all enjoy the water. The swans are so gracious, it’s up to the locals to take care of this area.”