Desperate swan tries to save drowning friend buried in river’s rubbish and mud

A drowning swan buried to its beak in rubbish and silt was filmed during a dramatic rescue attempt by another swan.

The desperate bird pulled hard on its feathered friends neck, but fails to lift the animal from the dark swamp.

The struggling animal, whose fate is not known, is seen almost submerged in the River Freshney opposite New Haven Terrace, Grimsby in this distressing footage.

The heartbreaking rescue attempt shines a light on the state of the area’s waterways and has sparked fresh calls for action, the Grimsby Telegraph reports.


Andrew Woolsey, who shared the footage, said: "Something needs to be done about the state of the River Freshney.

"The authorities are an absolute disgrace letting it get into this state and risking our wildlife."

This video was filmed shortly after 5pm on Wednesday by Andrew’s friend who was on their way home from work.

It shows one swan wading past floating fly-tipped waste with a of group cygnets, while nearby another swan attempts to rescue his stricken friend.

The section of river, near to a footbridge, is covered in silt, weeds and a variety of dumped waste.

On a visit to the site today, plasterboard, a bucket and a football could be seen suspended on the surface of the water.


The waste is so thick a family of ducks were spotted walking, rather than swimming through the stretch of water.

North East Lincolnshire Council and the Environment Agency have been contacted for comment.

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