Seagull sparks rescue callout

21:02, Feb 07 2014

A distressed seagull trapped on a power pole has been  rescued by a member of the public in front of a crowd of a few hundred onlookers in Whakatane.

Jaron Phillips, Fire Service communications shift manager, said emergency services received a call from a distressed camper at the Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday Park about 9.17am.

"The bird's foot is caught on the power pole and it is hanging upside down," he said.

"A few hundred people are crowded around and they're quite upset."

Chris Staniland, deputy chief  in charge of the Ohope fire brigade  said: "In my 34 years in the Fire Service I have never had that."

Staniland said before firefighters could rescue the bird, a member of the public had freed it.

"They taped a knife to the end of a fishing rod and they cut the line around the seagull's foot and it escaped, so we actually didn't do anything in the end," he said.