Info: RESCUE NO 2 AS WHALE GETS STUCK

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RESCUE NO 2 AS WHALE GETS STUCK AGAIN
 
  By Jonathan Brown, PA News
   A second rescue operation was under way today after a killer whale became
stranded again.
   The 18-foot mammal was seen early today trapped in the estuary of the
River
Stour at Sandwich, Kent, just hours after being released into the Channel.
   A police spokesman said RSPCA officers and the British Diving Marine Life
Rescue team were on their way to the incident.
   He said: "The high tide is due at around 10 am and they are hoping that
when
it comes in it might get free."
   Alison Hutchison of the RSPCA said that there was growing concern for the
stricken animal.
   "People are rushing to the scene to help and we are now quite concerned as
we
thought it would have swum away last night."
   Firemen and divers had towed the stricken whale in a giant sling from
nearby
Pegwell Bay, near Ramsgate, Kent, where it was first discovered high and dry
on
mud flats 100 yards from the sea yesterday.
   Fire officers dug a reservoir around the two-tonne female in an attempt to
keep it wet and cool. Water was splashed over its body until the tide came in
for refloating.
   Marine experts, divers, and the fire brigade, suspended the whale in a
tarpaulin between two motorised dinghies which headed out to sea.
   A police spokesman said: "It seems after she was released back into the
Channel she became disoriented and came back inland."
 An RSPCA spokesman said the whale was in a grave condition.
   Vets and officials were battling to prevent water from filling the airhole
and
drowning the mammal.
   He said: "There are contingency plans to have it put down and drugs have
been
bought in just in case this is necessary.