A combined Penarth Coastguard and Penarth Lifeboat exercise on – and underneath – Penarth Pier last night was diverted to save a baby seagull in distress nearby.
The seagull – now nicknamed “Sammy” was found to have been caught up in fishing tackle.
The seagull chick was brought ashore swaddled in a blanket and transferred into expert care.
Such experiences can be traumatic for small birds and the lifeboat crew posted a sympathetic message on Twitter later saying “Hope Sammy the seagull pulls through”
Meanwhile the combined coastguard/lifeboat exercise continued with coastguard officers being suspended on ropes and abseiling down – and up the pier pilings .