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Sea World rescuers harassed trying to help sea lion

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SAN DIEGO ( CBS 8 ) - A sea lion rescue in Ocean Beach turned violent today, forcing Sea World officials to file a police report. 

Rescuers were trying to help the injured animal when they were harassed by a crowd of onlookers.

Kortney Sanders and her partner, both members of Sea Worlds rescue team, were attempting to rescue a one and a half year old sea lion which had wandered onto the sand underneath some cliffs at the end of Santa Cruz in Ocean Beach.

During their initial assessment, Kortney felt a rock fall from the crowd that had gathered above.

The two were forced to leave the scene.

After contacting police they returned an hour later, continuing the rescue while police monitored the scene.

As for the incident, Kortney admits harassment has become more frequent over the past year and a half since the release of the documentary "Black Fish" which criticizes Sea World and the use of Orcas in captivity.

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