Baby seal rescued by kind Cork fisherman and returned to sea after getting stuck in middle of road

A BABY seal who lost his way was rescued by a kind-hearted fisherman who found him and returned him to the sea.

Edgars Bokums was on his way to work in Crookhaven in west Cork when he spotted a blob in the middle of the road.

The baby seal wandered into the middle of the road


The baby seal wandered into the middle of the roadCredit: Edgars
Edgars Bokums returned the mammal safely back to sea


Edgars Bokums returned the mammal safely back to seaCredit: PA:Press Association

He stopped just in time and discovered the friendly mammal looking stunned by the van’s headlights.

He told PJ Coogan on Cork’s 96FM Opinion Line: “I was heading to work when I came across him in the middle of the road, he looked very frightened.

“He was about 100 metres out from the water. I think he might have been confused because he didn’t know how to get back.

“He was a baby seal because I was able to lift him, he only weighed about eight or nine kilos.”


Edgars told how he brought the little cub back down to the beach.

He said: “I managed to get him in to one of the boxes I had in the van and I took him back down to the beach.

“I was worried he would bite me because he was making lots of noise and he was watching me the whole time, so I put a box on top of him as well.

“I was glad to be able to get him back home.”


Meanwhile, a volunteer water rescue team were called into action earlier this week to aid a stranded pooch who had fallen on the rocks of a pier.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI raced to the scene following reports a dog was struggling at the water’s edge at the nearby marina pier.

The lifeboat crew quickly sprang into action and made their way towards him and helped lift him back up onto the pier above. 

The pooch was in good health and happy to see his owners following his unfortunate ordeal. 

Calm weather conditions at the time helped aid the crew’s response.

Speaking following the call out, Liam Mullan of the Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat said: “Our crew today were very happy to reunite Archie with his owners and that he wasn’t injured from his fall. 

“Archie’s owners did the right thing by calling the Irish Coast Guard and asking for help. 

“It was much safer for our crew to approach rocks on a day like today by sea when compared to the risks associated with slips and falls from a person trying to make their way down to the water’s edge to help.”

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