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

News

2005-02-20 15:37:07

Search for stranded cetacean, Mylor, Cornwall

At about midday today, a 'dolphin' was seen swimming in circles in Mylor Yacht Harbour, near Falmouth. Members of the public watched it until 4pm, when it stranded in the harbour. The RSPCA were called, who in turn called BDMLR West Cornwall Coordinator Dave Jarvis. Dave mobilised Medics to the area while he and Medic Lesley Jarvis collected the Rescue Trailer.

As Medics began arriving at the harbour, it emerged that just shortly before we got there, members of the public had put the animal back in the water, and it was last seen swimming around the floating pontoons in the harbour. While Medics continued to arrive, we split into groups and searched around the pontoons and along nearby beaches. The people who had refloated the dolphin had already left, so no description of the animal could be confirmed, although it was known to be about 4ft in length.

At around 6:30pm it was getting dark, and with no luck finding the animal, the decision was made to call off the search. Emergency response leaflets were distributed to people in the area in case the dolphin was found restranded.

We would like to thanks the following for attending this incident: Coordinator Dave Jarvis, Medics Gary Hawkins, Lesley, Phil and Dan Jarvis, Ian Laird, Amanda Forman and her friends, Martin Gaunt, Tamara Cooper (National Seal Sanctuary), Marianne Fellows (NSS), Selina Gregory (NSS), Chris Ellis (NSS) Louise Phillips (NSS volunteer) and RSPCA ACO Felicity Cross and Inspector Rob Skinner.

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall
(Newquay - Land's End - St Austell)