TWO seals which became trapped and stranded in separate incidents at Hartlepool docks were rescued by the RSPCA and returned to the sea.

In the first incident a woman spotted a stranded seal pup which had become stuck on the pier near the RNLI building, in Ferry Road, and had no clear access back to the sea - which was about 200 yards away.

The woman monitored the pup from a safe distance but realised the seal was unable to return to the sea so she reported the matter to the RSPCA.

Inspector Clare Wilson was sent to the incident, on Monday, January 3, and could see the young pup had ventured a distance down the pier and seemed unable to make it back into the water so went to rescue her.

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Clare said: “I could see her anxious mum waiting in the sea and knew she was really going to struggle to return to her so I gave her a helping hand by safely rescuing her.

“I then relocated her to a nearby slipway and she was able to wander off back to the sea and to her mum whose head kept bobbing up and down as she looked for her.

“It was such a heart-warming moment and I was delighted I managed to catch it on video.”

Then on Sunday (Jan 9) animal rescuer Inspector Steph Baines was also sent to the same area to rescue a common seal pup which had become trapped between rocks in the sea defence wall.

The Northern Echo: The RSPCA rescuing the seal pupThe RSPCA rescuing the seal pup

Steph said: “The seal had really caught itself between a rock and a hard place and was unable to free himself.

“Thankfully British Divers Marine Life Rescue were also at the scene so between us we were able to rescue him and then we returned him to a nearby quieter beach and we watched as he made his way back to the sea.

“It was a great team effort and always rewarding to have such a successful conclusion.”

The Northern Echo: One of the seal pups being rescuedOne of the seal pups being rescued

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