The NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew went to the assistance of a dolphin that had beached itself at Blue Water Bay yesterday evening.
The animal, believed to be female, approximately 1.7 meters in length, was found to be in good health but hard aground on the beach and the dolphin was loaded onto a stretcher, carried to the sea rescue craft which had beached nearby, and was then transported 15 nautical miles off-shore and released.
The dolphin then swam off confidently and strongly.
Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said that the dolphin was barely out of the boat before it wriggled around and leapt into the water and swam off confidently.
The NSRI are cautiously optimistic that the dolphin has been saved but the coastline will be monitored over the next few days to see if the dolphin re-beaches.