Rhyl crew escorted stranded dolphin out to deeper waters
22 August 2013 |
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RHYL's RNLI crew has helped escort a stranded dolphin out to sea at North Rhyl Flats.
Dave,sighted swimming in the Dee Estuary, was put aboard Flint’s inshore RNLI lifeboat before being transported out to sea.
Crowds of people had gathered to catch a glimpse of the dolphin after it appered earlier this week.
RNLI volunteers from Flint were called to Airbus UK’s loading facility, just downstream from Saltney Ferry at around 11.30am this morning (Thursday).
The dolphin was in difficulty and required help to reach deeper waters.
Operations manager Alan Forrester said: "We have a representative from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue on board who is closely monitoring the dolphin.
"Our volunteer crew located Dave put him inside a stretcher and transferred him into the lifeboat.
"We went at a very slow pace until we reached deeper waters, where we were met by the Rhyl all-weather RNLI lifeboat.
"The dolphin was much too heavy to lift aboard Rhyl RNLI lifeboat so Rhyl escortd us out to sea.
"The dolphin was released around North Rhyl Flats as if it is set free in any shallow waters, there are fears it will become stranded again.
"It’s been a busy summer for the crew across Wales, but this is certainly one of our more unusual rescues."
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