British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2008-10-11 15:10:58

Second live dolphin stranding in two days, Cornwall

After enjoying a cetacean-filled ferry trip from Penzance to St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly for the day, Coordinator Dave Jarvis with Medics Lesley and Dan Jarvis had just sat down in a tea garden to have lunch and take in the views when a call came through of a dolphin that had just stranded at Rinsey Cove, between Porthleven and Praa Sands from BDMLR Head Office. Unable to attend themselves, they started calling out Medics to get to the scene. Assistant Area Co-ordinator Bea Hawker was first on site, followed shortly by Caroline Curtis. The dolphin was not immediately visible down on the beach, so they began searching the area as more Medics arrived - Phil Jarvis, Jessica Maynard, Simon Bone, Abi Coates, Chris Ellis, Cheryl Mills, Jason Birt and Trudy Russell - plus Coordinator Tim Bain and Assistant Coordinator Jenny Haley.

As the tide was coming back in, it appeared that the dolphin had been washed back out to sea, and a short while later it was found. Sadly it was dead and being washed around by the surf amongst rocks. Some Medics stood down and left the site while others remained on scene to wait for the tide to wash the body ashore. However, some time later it became obvious that this could take a while, so Tim donned his dry suit and pulled the body into the shallows so it could be secured and taken for a post mortem examination.

Dave Jarvis
Director and Cornwall Area Coordinator
British Divers Marine Life Rescue