Mumbles lifeboat volunteers launched to aid Dolphin in Swansea Bay

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Lifeboat crew and Coastguard called to help

Volunteers aid the dolphin in Swansea Bay

RNLI/Dan Herbert Evans

Crew move dolphin out to sea

Just after 3.15 pm the crew of the Inshore Mumbles lifeboat 'The Mark Lott' were called to the aid of a beached Dolphin near West Cross in Swansea Bay. The animal had become distressed and found it impossible to return to sea. Coast guards, Lifeboat crew and members of the public helped to float the Dolphin back into Swansea Bay.

A vet was called to aid with the rescue. There was also help from Dolphin experts at British Divers via Mobile phone. Unfortunately after an hour and a half of trying to help the Dolphin back to the open water there was no improvement in her condition. The decision was made to put the animal out of it's misery as her condition was rapidly deteriorating. The Dolphin was identified as the same one that Port Talbot Lifeboat and Coastguards had aided just a few days earlier.

Volunteer Lifeboat crew member Adam Evans who is also a marine biologist said 'Sometimes it is possible to aid these animals back to sea with a happy ending but unfortunately this time it wasn't to be. We're very grateful to the member of the public who called 999 for help and would always urge the public to do this as sometimes it can be that Dolphins lose their way back to the open water'.

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