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Baby seals rescued in Southend Coast Guard operation


Two baby seals – who invented the names Kane and Southgate – were rescued during a Coast Guard operation.

The Southend Coast Guard was tasked at 11:28 a.m. today (July 10) to provide a safety blanket for the rescue of the two baby seals, which appeared to have been abandoned by their mothers near the Rapid Fire Battery of the garrison.

A couple of Southend Coast Guard officers, who were on a high visibility patrol, had been told by a member of the public that there were two baby seals in distress on Shoebury beach.

Officers went to investigate and discovered that a member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) was already at the scene.

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Once the tide had risen to the beach and there was no sign that their mothers were returning to pick them up, the decision was made to remove the baby seals and leave them in the care of the RSPCA and of the BDMLR.

Southend Coast Guard sent three officers to provide security and oversee the recovery operation.

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The baby seals, which are named after the stars of English football, were quickly picked up and taken into the care of the RSPCA where they will be well cared for and released to the sea when they are fit and ready.

They were estimated to be only a few weeks.

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A Coast Guard spokesperson said: “We wish Kane and Southgate well and hope Pickford makes some big saves on Sunday and England ‘seals’ the day.”

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