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Lifeboat saves dolphin

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Crew member Kevin Byrne with the dolphin.

Crew member Kevin Byrne with the dolphin.

Crew member Kevin Byrne with the dolphin.

THE FETHARD-ON-SEA RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew came to the rescue of a stranded dolphin in distress at Duncannon last Monday.

Hugh Burke, a member of the RNLI volunteer crew, spotted the dolphin in distress at Duncannon on Monday morning.

He, together with his fellow volunteer crew member Kevin Byrne, aided the dolphin until the Fethard-on-sea RNLI lifeboat, which launched at Duncannon with crew members Kate and Thomas Stafford, could complete the rescue.

As part of their rescue effort, Hugh Burke contacted the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and sought advice as how best to rehabilitate the dolphin.

The dolphin which appeared to be a juvenile was taken out to sea and released in deeper water near Templetown strand where it seemed to have no ill effects from its ordeal and headed out to sea.

According to a spokesperson for the Fethard-on-sea RNLI, the lifeboat crew were 'especially pleased to have undertaken such a rescue mission with a successful outcome'.


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