Applause as trapped deer is saved in Weymouth

The  Muntjac deer trapped on the rocks  Picture: STEVE COULSON

The Muntjac deer trapped on the rocks Picture: STEVE COULSON

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

RESCUERS were met with a round of applause when they helped a little deer to safety.

The Muntjac deer was stranded in waters at Newtons Cove, Weymouth, and had been swimming back and forth for two days.

Rescuer Steve Coulson, aged 60, said: “The deer was first spotted on Monday at about 10am.

“It then spent the rest of the day and night in the water.

“It couldn’t climb up the breakwater rocks to get out and kept ending up back in the sea.”

Portland Coastguard attended but could do nothing and called the RSPCA.

A Coastguard spokesman said: “We’ve had lots of reports about deer in trouble recently.

“It’s because they are young at this time of year, they follow their mothers down to the water and get trapped and can’t follow it back.

“We sent a team down because we were concerned about a member of the public going in to to rescue the deer.

“Unfortunately we have no remit to rescue animals.

“Weymouth RNLI was going out on exercise that evening and said they would send the boat by.

“We were later informed that three members of the public managed to corner it and carry it off to safety.”

HGV driver Mr Coulson and two other men decided to get involved with the rescue.

Mr Coulson said: “The poor thing was exhausted. It was on its last legs and would never have made it another night.

“After yet another scare, the deer jumped into the water and swam for another mile before making it back to the rocks.

“When it managed to get to the rocks, we decided enough was enough.

“We climbed down the rocks and cornered the deer on the edge of the water.

“We thought it would panic and bolt but it was so exhausted that we managed to pick it up.

“We lifted it up the rocks and released it onto a grassed area in the hope it would find its way home.”

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7:01pm Fri 22 Jun 12

RyanAlex says...

oh deer
oh deer RyanAlex
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7:13pm Fri 22 Jun 12

BaileyCat says...

Glad some people have a heart and don't need a remit!
Glad some people have a heart and don't need a remit! BaileyCat
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7:26pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Spherical Objects says...

This link shows you what a muntjac looks like....

http://www.bds.org.u
k/muntjac.html
This link shows you what a muntjac looks like.... http://www.bds.org.u k/muntjac.html Spherical Objects
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7:57pm Fri 22 Jun 12

malkie says...

TTF that we don't all have to carry out a health & safety assessment before we act. Well done blokes !!
TTF that we don't all have to carry out a health & safety assessment before we act. Well done blokes !! malkie
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8:12pm Fri 22 Jun 12

markw5 says...

BaileyCat wrote:
Glad some people have a heart and don't need a remit!
About time someone took the caring route rather than the 'correct' route. Well done guys
[quote][p][bold]BaileyCat[/bold] wrote: Glad some people have a heart and don't need a remit![/p][/quote]About time someone took the caring route rather than the 'correct' route. Well done guys markw5
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9:30pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Midnight Moucher says...

If thats a Muntjac then for the last 30yrs i must have been shooting "Roe Deer".
Time you got a new wildlife expert instead if a townie
If thats a Muntjac then for the last 30yrs i must have been shooting "Roe Deer". Time you got a new wildlife expert instead if a townie Midnight Moucher
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10:22pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Merlin of Britain says...

Definitely looks like a Roe to me - Muntjac are MUCH smaller and a different shape..!!
Definitely looks like a Roe to me - Muntjac are MUCH smaller and a different shape..!! Merlin of Britain
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11:09am Sat 23 Jun 12

linspring says...

"Portland Coastguard atten-ded but could do nothing and called the RSPCA."

If the RSPCA were called why did they not attend?

Well done to those members of the public who took it upon themselves to do the right thing.
"Portland Coastguard atten-ded but could do nothing and called the RSPCA." If the RSPCA were called why did they not attend? Well done to those members of the public who took it upon themselves to do the right thing. linspring
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8:57pm Mon 25 Jun 12

Laadeeda says...

Well done Joe Public.
Well done Joe Public. Laadeeda
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