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WATCH: Hero lifeboat volunteers rescue dolphin trapped in bogland along Cork coast

Published 31/08/2015 | 13:59

The crew's Coxswain Eolan Walsh said that the rescue was not like their usual ones, but they were happy to help.
The crew's Coxswain Eolan Walsh said that the rescue was not like their usual ones, but they were happy to help.

A dolphin stranded along the Cork coast due to high tide was rescued by lifeboat volunteers yesterday evening.

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The Ballycotton RNLI came to the dolphin's rescue yesterday evening after it became stuck in bogland.

The all-weather and the inshore lifeboats were launched just after 7pm following a request from the Ballycotton Coast Guard Unit who were also on scene.

Two RNLI crew members, Rupert Hugh-Jones and William Sliney, safely moved the stranded dolphin from bogland to deeper waters.

The crew's coxswain Eolan Walsh said that the rescue was not like their usual ones, but they were happy to help.

"The dolphin appeared to be quite young and may have possibly been separated from its pod. On arrival, two of the volunteer crew members entered the water and swam alongside the dolphin and guided it towards open water," he said.

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