Mumbles lifeboat volunteers launched to aid Dolphin in Swansea Bay
Lifeboat crew and Coastguard called to help
Just after 3.15 pm the crew of the Inshore Mumbles lifeboat 'The Mark Lott' were called to the aid of a beached Dolphin near West Cross in Swansea Bay. The animal had become distressed and found it impossible to return to sea. Coast guards, Lifeboat crew and members of the public helped to float the Dolphin back into Swansea Bay.
A vet was called to aid with the rescue. There was also help from Dolphin experts at British Divers via Mobile phone. Unfortunately after an hour and a half of trying to help the Dolphin back to the open water there was no improvement in her condition. The decision was made to put the animal out of it's misery as her condition was rapidly deteriorating. The Dolphin was identified as the same one that Port Talbot Lifeboat and Coastguards had aided just a few days earlier.
Volunteer Lifeboat crew member Adam Evans who is also a marine biologist said 'Sometimes it is possible to aid these animals back to sea with a happy ending but unfortunately this time it wasn't to be. We're very grateful to the member of the public who called 999 for help and would always urge the public to do this as sometimes it can be that Dolphins lose their way back to the open water'.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.