Baby dolphin set free by NSRI St Francis Bay

By Bev Mortimer: No job is too big or too small for the NSRI to handle – from diving off helicopoters into freezing seas, from towing yachts in stormy conditions for days, to swimming in icy conditions searching for drowned people, the NSRI volunteer crew handles them all.

This time sea rescue crew gladly rushed to the assistance of a lowly baby dolphin washed up in the surf.

The incident happened on  Saturday (24 March).  NSRI St Francis Bay volunteer sea rescue duty crew hurried to take the tiny dolphin out to sea and freedom. The baby dolphin was brought to the Station 21 rescue base at the Port by local vet, Nerine Botha, and Trudie Malan in charge of the Penguin Rehabilitation Centre at Cape St Francis. It had been found on a St Francis Bay beach

A baby dolphin is carefully lifted on the NSRI St Francis Bay rescue vessel by NSRI Station 21 volunteers in St Francis Bay. Photo: NSRI/Sarah

The NSRI crew loaded the dolphin onto their sea rescue craft, Spirit of St Francis II, and went out with the conservationists on the vessel behind the breaker line where they dropped off the penguin in the deep blue sea. Appearing to be in excellent health, the dolphin swam off.

Marc May, station commander says the NSRI Station 21 was activated at 2 pm after the conservationists requested assistance.

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