Deer plunges off end of Pier into North Sea

  • 17 June, 2019
  • On the pier


A muntjac deer plunged off the end of Clacton Pier and onlookers watched
in amazement as it swam ashore.

The deer was spotted by a member of the Pier staff early this morning as
it ran towards the main entrance at the bottom of Pier Gap and bumped into the
front doors.

It then disappeared only to be seen soon after running along the 360
metre long landmark attraction towards the tip of the structure where anglers
were fishing.

Nigel Brown, the Pier’s Communications Manager, said the deer then hid
under boards in the shade.

“We contacted the RSPCA and the Coastguard as we feared that it could be
spooked and jump,” he said.

“We had staff posted to ensure that no one got near the animal or frightened
it in any way.

“However, it was as we were making plans of what to do next that it
bolted and jumped off the end of the Pier into the North Sea.

“No one seemed very sure how it would cope in the water and first it
swam towards the West Beach but there were quite a few people gathered. It then
made its way under the Pier, out the other side and came up onto the beach on
the east side.

“It must have been really tired after its exertions, but it still had
the strength to run off along the beach towards Holland-on-Sea.”

Mr Brown added that there were quite a few people who saw it as it ran
past them.

“We have no idea where it had come from but there are muntjacs on
Clacton Golf course which is not all that far away,” he said.

“We just hope it managed to find its way off the beach and to a place of

“It was one of our more unusual visitors and although there have been whales,
dolphins, tigers and elephants on the Pier over the years we think this was the
first deer!”

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