Injured seagull sparks £1,000 rescue involving two fire crews on blue lights and sirens... but it had to be put down.

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Injured seagull sparks £1,000 rescue involving two fire crews on blue lights and sirens... but it had to be put down.

Post  Admin on Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:19 pm

[*].Gull had become trapped behind a dormer window on roof three floors up. 

[*].Homeowner rang RSPCA who summoned fire crew to home in Esher, Surrey.

[*].First crew raced to scene but was unable to reach the stricken bird.

[*].Asked colleagues in Chertsey to come and help with their high-rise ladder. 

[*].Nearly three hours later bird was brought down and handed to the RSPCA.

[*].But vet said it had to be destroyed due to leg injury and suspected botulism. 






Two crews of firefighters spent two and a half hours rescuing an injured seagull after it got stuck on a rooftop - and then it had to be put down anyway.
In a rescue operation estimated to have cost around £1,000, firefighters put on their blue lights and sirens and raced to an Edwardian house in Esher, Surrey, after being called to help a gull wedged beside a dormer window on the roof.
After it became apparent that one fire crew alone couldn't reach the stricken bird, they called for reinforcements from Chertsey, who also dashed to the scene.  


The gull had landed 30ft up on the roof of the large Edwardian house on Elmtree Avenue, but got trapped on a ledge behind a dormer window three storeys up.
It appeared to be injured and the residents, who had spotted it through a window, couldn't reach it.  They called the RSPCA who called in the fire service.
The first team of firefighters asked their colleagues in Chertsey to bring their high-rise ladder platform, but the operation to set up the ladder was held up because of electrical wires around the house.


Eventually the injured bird was reached, brought down and handed to the RSPCA.
But vets there said it had to be destroyed because of its severe leg injuries and because it had suspected botulism. 
An RSPCA spokesman said 'While this has a sad ending, we would like to thank the fire and rescue service for their assistance.
'It is a great training aid for the service, and their help meant the RSPCA was able to quickly and painlessly help a suffering animal.' 
MailOnline has requested a comment from Surrey Fire and Rescue. 
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Post  Trilby Bee on Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:39 pm

Saw this...they really do think that money grows on trees, I'm sure they think that people will be impressed by this waste of a public service's time and money. Evil or Very Mad
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Post  Admin on Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:18 pm

..... But it`s all good for training purposes T!   Twisted Evil
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