Beached baby whale rescued

2013-12-27 00:00

LOCAL fishermen in Shelly Beach breathed a sigh of relief after what they described as their own Christmas miracle, when they assisted a beached baby whale back to the sea.

On Christmas Eve, a baby whale beached along the shore at Oslo Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The local fishermen who spotted the whale said they made numerous attempts to contact the Parks Board to help get the whale afloat.

Juhi Sanam Maharaj, along with his father and other fishermen, said they eventually took matters into their own hands after not getting a response.

“We undertook numerous attempts to get the baby whale back into the water. We eventually succeeded. [It was a] wonderful act performed by these fishermen. Today we performed our very own Christmas miracle,” he said.

National Sea Rescue Institute spokesperson Craig Lambinon said the 3,5-metre-long whale beached 1,5 km away from the Shelly Beach sea rescue base.

Initial Attempts were made to float the whale out to sea and to get the whale onto a rigid inflatable sea rescue craft, but those attempts failed.

The whale was eventually loaded onto the rescue craft and transported to Protea Banks where it was released into the sea.

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