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Baby swans rescued after being washed over weir

The nine cygnets were saved after getting into difficulties in a millpond in Nash Mills, Hertfordshire.
The nine cygnets were saved after getting into difficulties in a millpond in Nash Mills, Hertfordshire. The nine cygnets were saved after getting into difficulties in a millpond in Nash Mills, Hertfordshire.

Rescuers leapt into action after nine baby swans were washed over the edge of a weir while swimming with their parents.

The cygnets got into difficulties while paddling in a millpond in Nash Mills, Hertfordshire, on Monday.

An onlooker raised the alarm and called charity Swan Support, which is based in Datchet, Berkshire.

Steve Hermon from Swan Support rescuing the cygnets
Steve Hermon from Swan Support rescuing the cygnets Steve Hermon from Swan Support got into the water to rescue the cygnets (Lou Smith/PA)

Wendy Hermon and husband Steve, who run the charity, came to the rescue.

Mr Hermon clambered in and scooped the chicks up in a net as they struggled against the current.

All nine lives were saved, and the cygnets were soon back with their parents in calmer waters.

Steve Hermon from Swan Support rescuing the cygnets
Steve Hermon from Swan Support rescuing the cygnets Mr Hermon used a net to scoop the chicks up (Lou Smith/PA)

“It does happen unfortunately sometimes,” Mrs Hermon said.

“The adult swans know how to stop before the edge of a weir, but the cygnets don’t.”

She added: “Someone who lives nearby called us and we got them out safely and reunited them with their parents.”

Wendy Hermon from Swan Support with the cygnets
Wendy Hermon from Swan Support with the cygnets All nine cygnets were saved (Lou Smith/PA)

Lou Smith, 59, who lives near the millpond, explained how she had called Swan Rescue after watching the cygnets go over the edge.

“They were swimming near the edge of the weir, and the adults were putting their heads under,” she said.

“The cygnets did the same, then they just all got carried away down the weir.

A pair of swans with their nine cygnets after being rescued
A pair of swans with their nine cygnets after being rescued The cygnets were reunited with their parents in calmer waters (Lou Smith/PA)

“Mum and dad were just swimming around on the edge – they wouldn’t leave them.

“I called Swan Rescue and they were there in about half-an-hour.

“They got the cygnets out and had to dry individually before putting them back in – they were so cold.”