Gull entangled in fishing lines

Line Rescue and, below, Instant Release by Cyril Crouch

Line Rescue and, below, Instant Release by Cyril Crouch

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A YOUNG herring gull had to be freed when it became entangled in fishing lines.

It flew into the wire in Shoreham Harbour as a group of men where fishing from the West Arm.

Line Rescue and, below, Instant Release by Cyril Crouch

Line Rescue and, below, Instant Release by Cyril Crouch

Cyril Crouch from Shoreham Beach watched as the bird was lifted up the harbour wall and a small cloth placed over its beak to stop it pecking.

He said: “This shows how situations change quickly down on the West Arm.

“A young herring gull flew into the lads’ fishing lines and had to be rescued. They then attempted to remove the fishing line from the gull’s wings.

“As you can see anything can happen down in Shoreham Harbour.”

Mr Crouch sent in two photographs, one showing the fishing line being removed and the second showing the bird flying off.