There was a dramatic rescue of a family of goslings who had got stuck in Ellerton primary school pool this morning.
Although the parents remained with their goslings ( who were not wearing lifejackets) they were unable to get them out of the pool. The SPCA and armed response arrived on scene extremely fast and went through various rescue techniques ( including the “herd with fire hose technique,” all of which were unsuccessful.
NSRI CEO, Ian Wienburg, suspecting that the family was in the pool to avoid the oceans rip currents, was in the process of calling in his rescue resources … when the Burnard family arrived on scene.
Without hesitation, Dad Jeremy and daughters Justine (12) and Jemma (6) leapt into the pool and one by one rescued all nine young ones. The parents watched from a safe distance on the top of the school roof.
SPCA inspector Gareth Petterson collected all the goslings in his net and took them to safety at the SPCA.
NSRI commends the Burnard family for their selfless actions that resulted in 9 lives saved.