Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Lifeboat rescues stranded dolphin

RNLI handout photo of volunteer lifeboat crew with Fenit RNLI working with locals to help save a stranded dolphin in the Kerry town, after it was washed up on a remote beach. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 27, 2013. See PA story SEA Dolphin Ireland. Photo credit should read: Michael Tobin/RNLI/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
A lifeboat crew with Fenit RNLI work with locals to help save a stranded dolphin (Michael Tobin/RNLI/PA Wire)

A stranded dolphin has been rescued after being washed up a deserted channel on a remote beach.

Three local families and lifeboat volunteers in Fenit, Co Kerry, joined forces to save the mammal, which was found by Breda McCarthy as she walked her dog on Tuesday night.

It is believed the dolphin had swum in at high tide before getting cut off from the sea.

It was wrapped up, transported by 4x4 to the harbour and then taken out to sea, where it circled the boat.

Ger O'Donnell, operations manager with Fenit RNLI, said it was not the usual run-of-the-mill rescue for the lifeboat crew.

"We were very anxious that we did everything right and gave the poor thing the best chance of survival," he said.

"It was a real community effort, from the local families, the RNLI crew and the Coast Guard, who were able to put us in touch with the expert advice we needed.

"It was almost as if the dolphin knew we were working to save him."

The Egan, Tobin and McCarthy families were involved in the rescue operation.

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