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Rescue operation saves two dolphins found stranded on Angus beach

Two dolphins have been rescued from a beach in Angus after becoming stranded on the shore.

The animals were rescued in a joint operation between coastguard, marine life rescue and lifeboat teams at Buddon Point on Monifieth Bay.

A baby dolphin and its mother were found a distance apart in the area on Thursday morning at around 8am.

They’ve now both been helped to the safety of deeper water.

The RNLI Broughty Ferry Lifeboat was launched at 11.30am to assist British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the military.

SHOUT: 10/10/19 at 1130 approx Broughty Ferry ILB was launched to reports of a dolphin that had beached in the area of…

Posted by Broughty Ferry Lifeboat – RNLI on Thursday, 10 October 2019

The RNLI released the pictures along with a statement on its Facebook page.

It said: “Broughty Ferry ILB was launched to reports of a dolphin that had beached in the area of Barry Buddon.

“Aberdeen Coastguard requested the ILB provide safety cover for British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) who were attempting to refloat an adult dolphin that had been washed ashore.

“A short time later whilst on scene a dolphin calf was also discovered on the beach. The calf was placed within the inshore lifeboat and taken to deeper water to aid its survival and was successfully released by the lifeboat crew.

“An MOD all-terrain vehicle that had been used in the rescuing of the dolphins to transport teams, equipment and the calf became stuck in the incoming tide.

“Broughty Ferry ILB were tasked by Aberdeen Coastguard to rescue the driver who had escaped the water by climbing onto the roof of the vehicle. The driver had no injuries.

“After the successful release of both adult and calf all teams were stood down. Broughty Ferry ILB returned to station, refuelled and made ready for service.”

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