Devon: Crew of firefighters called out to rescue fighting gull caught on the roof

The gull came into a flap in the net on the roof

The gull came into a flap in the net on the roof (Photo: Apex)

Seagulls get a bad rap for their fools by pinching people’s ice cream – but when the chips are down, we still do not want to see them caught in a net.

Therefore, ‘six or seven’ firefighters showed up to rescue a fighting bird from which it was stuck on a roof.

The seagull was seen tangled over a building in Exmouth, Devon, on Tuesday, and the RPSCA asked emergency services to rescue it.

Eyewitness Rose Whine said: ‘I got in my car and then the fire truck showed up. I could not get out as it blocked my car.

‘Lots of firefighters jumped out of the engine.

‘I saw the gull sitting there. I’ve just seen it all.

‘There must have been six or seven firefighters. They jumped out of the fire truck and were about to check the bird out. They put the ladder out and a guy went up.

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The seagull flew away after getting a helping hand

The seagull flew away after receiving a helping hand (Image: Apex)

‘People around were like,’ what’s going on? ‘

‘When you see a fire truck, the first thing you do is look for smoke. There were no big sirens blaring. It was just calm. ‘

Rose added that it was great to see the gull fly free.

She said: ‘It was really interesting and of course someone came up with a comment and said that this is one of the most British things because there are many views against seagulls.

‘You see signs saying they must not feed them, and yet an entire service has come out to save it.’

A spokesman for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We received a call to the scene just before noon. 14 via the RSPCA concerning a bird in distress.

‘The crew from Exmouth attended and a firefighter went up a ladder to lift the net onto the roof so the gull could fly away unharmed.’

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