Deer rescued by animal rescue teams on Eastbourne seafront


THE Coast Guard and lifeguards helped animal rescuers save a deer off the coast.

The adult deer landed on the beach in Eastbourne between the Western Lawns and Holywell after being chased into the water by a dog.

The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) worked with the Coastguard, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, RNLI, lifeguards and Eastbourne Borough Council to help him.

A first attempt to corner the deer failed due to the distance and the animal’s ability to move faster than humans on gravel.

East Sussex WRAS Operations Director Trevor Weeks, who helped lead the rescue, said: “We knew capture on the beach was going to be difficult, but we had to try.

“After seeing the deer struggle out of the water and then lie down exhausted, we were surprised at how lively it was when we first approached.

“It darted along the beach towards Eastbourne Pier at high speed, leaped over groynes and swam out to sea several times and was chased by dogs.

“The RNLI was able to land the deer near the Lifeboat Museum, where it fell and hid in some bushes.”

Rescuers with two nets, assisted by the Coast Guard and RNLI, were able to surround the deer. As Trevor approached, it slipped under one of the nets, but lost its footing and was soon restrained by the team on the boardwalk.

The deer was loaded onto a stretcher and into the back of WRAS’ veterinary ambulance and driven to near Beachy Head for release.

Trevor said: “It is not uncommon for deer to come into Eastbourne’s residential areas. We even had them at the store on Terminus Road.

“It’s not that difficult for them to get off the Downs near Paradise Drive and get access to the city.”

Keith Ring, one of the senior WRAS rescuers on site, said: “We would normally leave alone when a deer is at sea offshore and let it come back to shore once people move away.

“The big problem here was the amount of people by the sea and the deer, who couldn’t safely leave the beach without risking further damage from dogs and traffic.” Deer rescued by animal rescue teams on Eastbourne seafront

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