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Both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats launched to assist suspected trapped dolphin

Lifeboats News Release

Following an urgent request from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team for assistance with a suspected dolphin or porpoise entanglement, both Eyemouth RNLI lifeboats launched at 9:25pm on Saturday 5 August 2017, with a BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic on-board.


In failing light, both lifeboats carried out a thorough search of the Fort Point area where the entanglement was reported, checking all creel ends for any signs of anything in distress.

As darkness fell, and with nothing found, both lifeboats stood down and returned to station. It is hoped that the dolphin or porpoise managed to free themselves and swim clear.


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