Fish rescued from a watery grave

The RNLI took on a unique mission saving the lives of many last weekend.

A LIFEBOAT crew carried out an unusual mission to rescue the lives of dozens of helpless victims, just yards from the quayside.

Swirling tides, high seas and crashing waves are the norm for the brave men and women of Appledore’s RNLI – but it was the lack of water that had victims in a flap on Sunday week.

In fact, the only ones feeling a little green around the gills were dozens of fish, eels and crabs trapped in Richmond Dry Dock.

When developers working on the site went to drain the water and mud that had accumulated in the dock over the years, they realised there was an abundance of sea life thriving there.

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Owner Simon Maunder and lease-holder Gareth Evans called the Appledore Lifeboat Station to ask if they would help save the lives of the trapped fish.

Five members of the crew donned their full kit and jumped into the thick layer of mud and water with fishing nets to rescue the fish which included bass, mullet, flat fish, eels and crabs.

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The fish were transported to the end of the lifeboat slip and re-entered into the estuary at low tide to swim to the deep water.

The RNLI said it was pleased to report a safe and happy conclusion for all involved.

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