BBC Home
Explore the BBC

CBBC

Animals

Last Updated: Monday June 13 2011 16:16 GMT

Dramatic deer rescue photographed in Dorset

The deer was spotted in the water by the time the RNLI arrived on the scene.
The deer was spotted in the water by the time the RNLI arrived on the scene.

A dramatic mission to rescue a deer trapped on cliffs in Dorset has been captured.

The RNLI, a lifeboat rescue charity, received a call that a deer had been spotted at the bottom the cliffs near Swanage.

The lifeboat was quickly on the scene - but the young male Sika deer had already fallen into the sea.

Rescuers managed to corner him in the water, before putting him in the boat and releasing him at a nearby bay.

Rescuers managed to get a hoop around the young male sika deer, after it had been in the water for about 20 minutes
Rescuers managed to get a hoop around the young male sika deer, after it had been in the water for about 20 minutes

It's not clear how the deer ended up on the rocks, but it was spotted roaming in the area by people on a nearby boat.

With the tide around the cliffs rising, it was clear that he could soon get into trouble.

By the time the lifeboat crew arrived, the deer was in the water, making him difficult to catch.

They were then able to safely pull him into their boat and release back into the wild at a nearby bay.
They were then able to safely pull him into their boat and release back into the wild at a nearby bay.

Eventually the men managed to put a hoop around his neck, with two rescuers getting into the water to make sure he was unharmed.

After a short boat ride he was released unharmed at nearby Durlston Bay.

One of the rescuers hopes the experience has done some good.

"By the time we got it back to shore it was absolutely fine. It was quite young and hopefully it will have learned something from its adventure," said Dave Turnbull from Swanage Lifeboats.