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Seal-rescuing nurse sets up marine charity

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A prison nurse who moonlights as a seal rescuer in East Yorkshire has set up a marine rescue charity.

Lesley Salisbury, a nurse at Hull Prison was a marine medic with British Marine Life Rescue for nearly five years before realising the need for a dedicated local rescue service.

She said: “Some people say you’re messing with nature but as a nurse I just don’t like to see anything suffer and with Scarborough Sea Life Centre being so close we have somewhere to take the seals. With their wonderful care we’ve released seals back into the wild that I didn’t think would make it.”

By having a local organisation she believes the service can be developed to include relay systems, which means when the centre is full the animals can be transported to Norfolk for treatment. She has been bowled over by the support of the local community.

Her medical training has stood her in good stead she said: “Training as a nurse has definitely helped me because it gives you a confidence in basic skills and you develop an instinct for what is wrong. This is important when dealing with a seal that can’t actually tell you what the problem is.”

If you would like to further information on Lesley’s work with East Coast Seal Rescue you can contact 01262 605611.

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