Ballycotton RNLI called to rescue dolphin stranded in shallow water
Ballycotton RNLI was launched at approximately 1pm this afternoon (Thursday 29 September) to aid a dolphin that was stranded in shallow water on Silver Strand beach near Ballycotton.
Upon arrival Coxswain Eolan Walsh entered the water, guided the dolphin into deeper water and shepherded it back out to sea.
Speaking following the call out, Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh said: ‘Similar to a previous launch last summer this dolphin appeared to be quite young and may have been separated from its pod. We would like to commend the member of the public who assisted the dolphin initially. We were happy to help and bring the dolphin into deeper waters.’
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