Rescuers called to injured swan in River Parrett

Rescuers with the injured swan
Image caption The swan was put down at RSPCA's West Hatch Wildlife Centre

An inshore rescue boat was called out to help save an injured swan that was found on a Somerset river.

The Burnham-on-Sea crew helped RSPCA officers capture the bird at Combwich on the River Parrett on Tuesday.

Although the swan was originally reported to be tangled in a fishing line, the RSPCA found it had been attacked by a dog.

The emaciated bird also had a fractured back. It was put down at RSPCA's West Hatch Wildlife Centre.

The RSPCA thanked the crew and the coastguard for their assistance.

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