Beachgoers came to the aid of a seal pup after it came ashore at Westward Ho!

The seal arrived on Westward Ho! beach between 5pm and 6pm on Satuday evening, CREDIT: Lisa EbdonThe seal arrived on Westward Ho! beach between 5pm and 6pm on Satuday evening, CREDIT: Lisa Ebdon

Lisa Ebdon was with her daughter when the animal swam next to them and took these photos as lifeguards stepped in to help the seal.

The lifeguard called North Devon Animal Ambulance.

Lisa said: “He just swam ashore next to me and my daughter, I thought it was a small dog at first. He had an injury to the left side of his face/neck.

“The lifeguards did an amazing job keeping everyone back until he was removed from the beach.

“I spoke to the lifeguard when I left and he was in the shower block, which they’d shut, waiting for the animal ambulance to collect him.”

Diana Lewis, from the North Devon Animal Ambulance, was in South Molton when she received a call about the pup and drove straight over. As she arrived at the beach she was phoned by the lifeguards to say the pup had swam back into the sea.

Diana said: “They said it was young seal. I had asked if it had a white or grey coat and they said it was in between. It is exceptionally early for a seal pup to be born, We usually start to get rescue calls at the end of August, start of September.

“I was reassured by the lifeguard that the seal pup had safely swam into the sea. It was a good outcome.”