Angler rescued after getting stuck trying to avoid seals

A man has been rescued from a cliff face after he was forced to climb it to escape a large colony of aggressive seals on the beach.

Saturday, 3rd November 2018, 13:17 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd November 2018, 13:33 pm
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The man, who had been angling in the Green Stane area, near Eyemouth, was walking along the beach when he came across approximately 50 seals and their young pups, who quickly became agitated and turned aggressive.

In order to avoid them he scrambled up the cliff face and became trapped about three quarters of the way up.

Realising his predicament, the man did exactly the right thing and called the emergency services using his mobile at around 7.40pm yesterday (Friday).

Dunbar Coastguard, Berwick Coastguard rescue team, North Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team, Eyemouth Coastguard and RNLI Eyemouth Lifeboat were sent to the location, alongside Police Scotland.

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They quickly located the man, and using their rope rescue techniques, they were able to lower a Coastguard Rescue officer 75ft to safely extract the casualty from the cliff face and onto the waiting lifeboat below. The RNLI Lifeboat quickly nipped in amid the seals and put onboard the angler and the cliff technician before taking them to Eyemouth Harbour.

Thankfully, despite the man’s ordeal, he is uninjured and only suffering from minor cold exposure.

Senior Coastguard Operations officer Jonathan Mustard said: “Anyone who encounters a seal or a colony of seals on the beach or coastline is advised to move away at the first sign of agitation. Aggressive seals are not a common occurrence and in this case they may have been protecting or defending their natural habitat and their young. Remember to take a fully charged mobile when walking on the coast and call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you get into difficulty.”