Stranded baby dolphin saved in beach drama
Locals and lifeboat volunteers help save the stranded dolphin in Fenit, Co Kerry. Michael Tobin
A BABY dolphin left stranded on a beach has been rescued and returned safely to sea following a heroic effort by locals and lifeboat volunteers.
The drama unfolded at Fenit, Co Kerry on Tuesday night when local woman, Breda McCarthy, came upon the stranded animal on a remote beach while out walking her dog.
He was breathing rapidly through his blowhole and was in obvious distress.
He had been washed up into a deserted channel in high tide. Ms McCarthy quickly alerted family members and within minutes a rescue operation was under way involving her extended family and volunteer members of Fenit RNLI.
Her sister Mary Tobin also took part in the rescue along with her son, Michael (13), who captured these images of the drama.
"Our brother Mike Egan, my husband Myles and Breda lifted him from the field using a sling and brought him back to the water," Mrs Tobin told the Irish Independent.
"He was just a baby and like any animal, all he wanted was to get back to his pod and his mother," she added.