Locals come to rescue of beached minke whale in Co Kerry
Locals came to the rescue of this minke whale which became beached inland at low tide in Co Kerry.
The distressed mammal was discovered by passers-by 3km inland in the Roughty River in Kenmare.
It is understand to be the second deepest inland a minke whale was ever found in Ireland.
Enlisting the assistance of a local veterinarian, Henk Offereins then supervised the rescue using two local boats.
Volunteers kept the whale alive during the period of low tide before the whale was carried out to open water.
"The last sighting was of the whale swimming in a straight line towards the sea," Mr Offereins told independent.ie.
"Great effort from all involved".