The RNLI rescue a stranded dolphin

RR Updated
The RNLI rescue a stranded dolphin

Blog Tags

Search by Tag
Select existing or new tags and apply to your post.

On Wednesday 26 January Dart RNLI's D class lifeboat was tasked by the Coastguard because people were in the water at Old Mill Creek trying to help a stranded dolphin.

A spokesman for the RNLI stated that, “The Dart lifeboat launched at 5.30pm at low tide. A pod of dolphins had been staying around the entrance to the creek during the late afternoon, possibly because a dolphin was in trouble further inshore.

Having established that the swimmers were all out of the water and safe, the lifeboat crew discussed how to proceed with a member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team who was with the Coastguard onshore. Usually the rescuers wrap the dolphin in a tarpaulin and then return it to the water. Members of the Dart lifeboat crew had previously worked with the rescue team when they helped to release a humpback whale that had become trapped on two occasions off Blackpool Sands in 2017.

The volunteer helm decided to use the ambulance pouch on the lifeboat to keep the dolphin alongside the boat but still in the water. The adult dolphin was slowly taken into deeper water and released in the middle of the river. It looked strong when released and swam off powerfully up the river.”

Hoorah for the lovely people at the RNLI! If you would like to make a donation to the RNLI you can do so here.

Photo Credit: RNLI / Dr John Fenton

User comments

There are no user comments for this listing.
Comments

You might also be interested in

Stoke Fleming road is now open
Category: General News
The road through Stoke Fleming is now open after exactly a month of diversions. 
Coroner releases cause of death for David 'Mad Dog' Crawford
Category: General News
Plymouth Coroner's office has released a statement about the cause of death for David Crawford, who died on the A38 in May. ...
Salcombe Regatta announces this year's royalty
Category: General News
Salcombe Town Regatta has released the official photos of the Regatta Royalty 2022. 
WINNERS! Four South Hams businesses are named the best in Devon at the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2022
Category: General News
Four South Hams businesses have won their Muddy Stilettos categories and been named the best in Devon.
New electric car charging points in Dartmouth "are a step on the road to net zero"
Category: General News
The first of 80 new Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points planned for 38 public car parks across Devon are now ready for public use...
Sculpture symbolising the pandemic lockdown has been unveiled in Totnes
Category: General News
A new sculpture symbolising the impact of the Covid pandemic and lockdowns has been unveiled in Totnes’ Lamb Garden.