An operation was underway to rescue a squirrel trapped on the seaward side of the west pier, by the lighthouse, in Ramsgate today (September 16).
Harbour staff had to organise a work boat to rescue the squirrel which was soaked through, and clinging to the pier wall.
The distressed animal was spotted by crew on a pilot boat but there was not a net on board to scoop it up with.
Port Control then organised the rescue. They contacted an angling vessel in the area. Staff on the Black Sea used a net to help the animal off the wall and released it to safety.
A Port Control worker said: “There was a squirrel rescued earlier today. They rescued it with a net and it ran off merrily.”