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

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2011-05-20 15:03:36

Large Pod of Pilot Whales In Danger in Hebridean Loch

Pilot whales (photo: Steve Duffield, www.western-isles-wildlife.com)A team of expert volunteers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue are en route to the Outer Hebridean island of South Uist following reports of a potential major incident in Loch Carnan. Reports from the scene have identified in excess of 100 long finned pilot whales are in danger of live stranding on the shores of the Loch and it appears that at least 20% may have already suffered serious trauma wounds to their heads. Alistair Jack, National Co-ordinator for Scotland, who is making his way to the scene, commented "We first became aware of the incident late yesterday and have immediately responded. We anticipate having trained medics and rescue equipment on the scene by mid morning. This is one of the largest events of this kind ever in the country". Arrangements are being made for other sets of specialised rescue equipment to be flown to the scene from other parts of the UK to assist with the rescue attempt.

Loch Carnan was the location of a very similar incident in October 2010. The animals involved in that event eventually moved away, but sadly were found dead on a beach County Donegal, Ireland a few days later.

Dave Jarvis
Cornwall Co-ordinator