BCSO Deputies, Maritime Security Officers Rescue Injured Pelican At Port Canaveral

By  //  January 23, 2016

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Throughout this past week an injured Pelican was spotted in distress swimming along the shoreline of Port Canaveral with a broken wing dragging behind that was tangled in fishing gear. (BCSO image)

Throughout this past week an injured Pelican was spotted in distress swimming along the shoreline of Port Canaveral with a broken wing dragging behind that was tangled in fishing gear. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Throughout this past week an injured Pelican was spotted in distress swimming along the shoreline of Port Canaveral with a broken wing dragging behind that was tangled in fishing gear.

Although the Pelican was seen by numerous citizens who were calling in the location, potential rescuers were unable to get close enough to safely rescue the injured bird.

Yesterday evening Maritime Security Officer Wayne Winkler identified the area the Pelican seemed to be frequenting.

The Pelican was then observed in the same area and after several attempts, was safely rescued. Corporal Zibell, Maritime Security Officer Ray Gann, Animal Enforcement Officer Chris Hahn and off-duty Deputy Taylor Lakeman worked together to contain and safely conduct the rescue.

The pelican was safely rescued and transported to the Florida Wildlife Hospital for medical treatment and evaluation.

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I would like to personally thank everyone who called in about the distressed Pelican and who assisted in the safe recovery of the severely wounded Pelican. Without everyone’s efforts, the pelican would have surely died as a result of the extensive injuries.

Another great example of what happens when citizens and Law Enforcement work together to protect our community.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.

That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.

Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.

Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.


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