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Horror as badly injured swan is rescued by the RSPCA

A badly injured swan was rescued by the RSPCA after almost being decapitated when it crashed into a pier while trying to land on a lake during a gust of wind.

Horrified onlookers called the animal welfare charity on Wednesday after the bird's neck was severely damaged by the force of the collision at Alvaston Park in Derby.

The RSPCA sent a boat team and three officers to rescue the injured swan.

Horrified onlookers called the animal welfare charity on Wednesday after the bird's neck was almost ripped off by the force of the collision at Alvaston Park in Derby. Pictured: The swan

Mick Darling, Ann Bennett and Deborah Scotcher were able to capture the bird using a specialist pole after travelling close to the swan on the water.

They found the swan's neck had been completely stripped of skin in the impact, and rushed it straight to a local vet.

Due to the extent of its injuries, the vet later decided the kindest thing to do was to put the swan to sleep.      

Mick Darling, Ann Bennett and Deborah Scotcher were able to capture the bird using a specialist pole after travelling close to the swan on the water. Pictured: The scene

The RSPCA found the swan's neck had been completely stripped of skin due to the impact, and rushed it straight to a local vet

RSPCA Inspector Mick Darling said: 'We understand the swan had been flying with a flock and were coming in to land on the lake, when a gust of wind carried this one off course and into the pier.

'It really was a freak accident which caused such an horrific injury.

'We needed to catch the bird to assess his injury but sadly he was in a lot of pain and there was nothing we could do.

'It was so sad - but he would have suffered a lingering death had we not intervened.'

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