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British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Talk by Richard Ilderton

Friday 13 November, 7pm-8pm
Great North Museum: Hancock

British Divers Marine Life Rescue’s (BDMLR) volunteer medics were in the national news earlier this year when they helped rescue a pod of Pilot Whales that had stranded on the Isle of Skye.

BDMLR is a voluntary network of trained marine mammal medics who respond to call outs from the general public and the emergency services. They are the only marine animal rescue organisation operating across the UK. BDMLR is operated entirely by volunteers and their rescue teams are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They have a wide range of equipment strategically placed throughout the country to deal with strandings of marine animals, oil spills, fishing gear entanglement and in fact any type of marine animal in trouble.

Richard is the Co-ordinator for BDLMR in the North East and he will tell us about their work saving marine mammals and share his stories of cold wet nights, the highs and lows of volunteering and 101 uses for an old towel.