FIREFIGHTERS were sent to help rescue a stricken seagull which became stranded at a steel plant.
A crew from Stranton Fire Station was called to the Tata Steel plant, in Brenda Road, Hartlepool, after the bird became trapped in a large open-air lagoon that collects waste water.
Firefighters helped officials from the Environment Agency to rescue the oil covered adult seagull, before officers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) took the bird away.
Watch manager at Stranton, Ian Brown, said: “The seagull was stuck in a lagoon covered in oil and couldn’t get out.
“Luckily the Environment Agency had a big net that we used to scoop it out.”
The crew spent 15 minutes at the plant, from around 3pm yesterday.