Fraserburgh RNLI called out in Dolphin Rescue
Fraserburgh Lifeboat was called out at 2.19pm on Monday 5 June to assist in the rescue of two dolphins which had become stranded on Fraserburgh Beach.
The two dolphins were discovered stranded on Fraserburgh Beach at low tide over eight hours earlier at 6am.
Experts from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the Coastguard soon appeared and it was decided to wait until high tide at noon to refloat the dolphins.
Crowds of onlookers gathered throughout the morning and the ongoing situation was followed on social media and national press web pages.
The attempt to refloat the dolphins was unsuccessful as were all other subsequent attempts to refloat them before the lifeboat was called in.
The dolphins would be assisted back to the sea, but would only swim for a little while and then head back to the shore where they tried to evade their would be rescuers and beach themselves.Nothing that the rescuers could do could stop the dolphins trying to beach themselves.
Members of the public also tried to help by going into the water and trying to push the dolphins back into the sea.
When the RNLI lifeboat was called out they were able to follow advice from the marine life experts and take the dolphins out into deeper water before releasing them.
This proved successful.
A vigil was kept on the beach and nearby coastline for hours afterwards until at 8pm it could be said with some authority that were no reports of dolphins being restranded and the operation had been a success.
On the day, a BDMLR spokesperson said: 'As far as we are aware everything that should be swimming is swimming, and everything that should be on dry land is on dry land.
'Your boys did an absolutely amazing job and well done to them all' she continued in a tribute to the Fraserburgh Fraserburgh RNLI lifeboat volunteers.
In an emergency at the coast, you should always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
If members of the public find a stranded dolphin, porpoise or whale, they should call the BDMLR’s Rescue Hotline on 01825 765546
Notes to editors
· Fraserburgh lifeboat station has been operating since 1858. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/fraserburgh-lifeboat-station
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