Members of the Paradise Beach community, the National Sea Rescue Insitute (NSRI), and the SA Stranding Network (SASN) together moved a beached dolphin back to water on Tuesday morning (10/08/16).
The NSRI received a call from Bayworld’s Greg Hofmeyer about the 2.5m dolphin at Paradise Beach, Jeffreys Bay at about 8.20am.
NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander Rieghard Janse van Rensburg said the crew was activated and the sea rescue craft Project Group Rescuer launched at the Paradise Beach slipway where Paradise Beach Neighbourhood Watch members were looking after the dolphin, guided by SA Stranding Network’s Malcolm Logan.
“The dolphin was secured into a carrying canvass and moved 100m down the beach by local community members and members of SASN to where our sea rescue craft could safely beach and the dolphin was loaded onto the sea rescue craft and transported to approximately 1 nautical mile out to sea and released,” Janse van Rensburg said.
“The dolphin swam away strongly and we are cautiously optimistic that the dolphin has survived.”