Three whales rescued after they became stranded off Irish coast
Three pilot whales had a lucky escape this morning when they became stranded on Goulane Beach in West Kerry.
Members of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) came to their assistance and began a rescue operation just after 10am this morning.
The beach was busy with tourists when members of the public spotted the three mammals and contacted the wildlife group.
Louise Overy and Paddy O'Dwyer of the IWDG coordinated the rescue effort and managed to put the distressed whales back out to sea.
Aoife Dowd, a local woman from Cloghane, explained that an outgoing tide meant that one of the whales subsequently became stuck at Brandon pier.
"People got into the water in their wetsuits and did everything in their power to push the whale back towards the open sea.
"The whale seemed to be unwell, and resisted our attempts.
"A local man called Mike O'Malley then used his boat to tow the whale out using a rope," she said.
Aoife said that approximately 150 people who had gathered on the pier began to cheer when the whale made his way back into the sea.
"It was so great that it all ended on a happy note, it would have been awful if the whale had died on the beach in front of all the children," she said.
The IWDG have come to the assistance of several dolphins and porpoises that have beached in the area recently.