'Local Boys' in Speedboat Free Dolphins
A group of local men braved dangerous broken ice and frigid waters in a fibreglass speedboat to rescue a small pod of dolphins and help them back to open water, the mayor of Seal Cove, N.L., said Thursday.
"So, some local guys decided to put out their small speedboat and put on their survival suits and didn't they put a channel through the water to where the dolphins was at."
May said it took the four men about three hours to break a channel in the ice with their boat. Sixteen year old Brandon Banks went in the water, to calm a weaker dolphin as it was harnessed and towed to the open waters, where it swam away. "One of the dolphins was really weak, and one of the young guys who had a survival suit on got into the water and stayed with it and the dolphin just kind of wrapped his fins around him ... it was amazing."
The men carved a channel by ramming the five-metre febreglass-hulled boat up onto the ice, then jumping out and onto the ice to hack away at it. They made a path from the main body of water to the pool of slush and water where the dolphins were trapped, a distance of about 250 metres, he said.
"The mammals were getting so weak, if somebody didn't do something in the next 12 to 48 hours, they would have died."
Local radio station VOCM is reporting that three have made it to open water, and two are unaccounted for.
See original news report Newfoundland Town Appeals for Help for Trapped Dolphins.
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