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Last Updated: Friday, 17 June, 2005, 18:05 GMT 19:05 UK
Rescue boat recovers injured swan
The swan being captured
The swan outwitted rescuers for 20 minutes before its capture
An injured swan which had swallowed a fishing hook and some line was rescued from a Somerset lake by the Burnham inshore rescue boat.

The bird was spotted in a distressed condition at the Apex Leisure centre near Burnham-on-Sea, on Thursday.

After several failed attempts at catching the swan from the shoreline, the rescue boat was called out.

The swan was eventually captured after a 20-minute chase. It was later treated at a nearby animal rescue centre.

'Averting tragedy'

A spokesman for the Burnham Rescue Hovercraft service said it was not the first time the team had been involved in rescuing animals.

In July 2004, they rescued two dogs from the mud at Brean.

"If we don't go to the aid of animals, there's often a risk that a human will enter the water to try carrying out the rescue themselves. This can quickly turn into a tragedy.

"Providing that we're not jeopardising the rescue of a human elsewhere, we'll always help. We're here to provide a rescue service," he said.

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