Duck hooked by fisherman rescued by RNLI Lifeboat

A duck is rescued and freed by a passing RNLI crew after being caught on a fishing line in Anstruther

A duck which was hooked by a fisherman on a Fife pier has been rescued by a lifeboat crew.

The female mallard was tangled in the line, which had two hooks, in the sea at the end of Anstruther pier on Saturday at about noon.

The RNLI lifeboat crew were returning from an exercise when they heard a fisherman calling for help.

They managed to removed the hooks from its wing and near its head before setting it free.

Tangled up

George Hodge, 20, from Anstruther, who has been a lifeboat crew volunteer for three years told the BBC Scotland news website it was the first time he had carried out such a rescue.

He said: "It was horrible to see and we just wanted to make sure it was going to be safe.

"The fisherman didn't want to cut the line from the pier because that would have left the duck all tangled up so we came just at the right time.

"It kept diving down in the sea in a bid to get away.

"My crew member Stuart managed to grab the bird and my other crew member, Will, managed to hold its beak while I cut all the line and hooks off.

"We then let it go and it flew away."

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