Info: Whale Rescue under Way

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 3 Jun 1995 12:30:47

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WHALE RESCUE UNDER WAY
 
  By Michael Harvey, PA News
   Two 30-ft whales were today at the centre of a rescue operation after they
left the open sea and headed for a river mouth.
   Rescuers on board a lifeboat and harbour launch were trying to steer them
away
amid fears that the creatures -- believed to be pilot whales -- could become
beached.
   The whales were seen early this morning outside Harwich harbour at the
entrance to the River Stour on the Essex coast, police said.
   The whales were later spotted inside the harbour and now appeared bent on
swimming up the river, a coastguard spokesman said.
   An inshore lifeboat from the Walton-on-the-Naze rescue centre and a harbour
launch were sent to track the whales and try to head them off back to sea, the
spokesman said.
   "They do not appear to be injured or in any distress but they appear hell
bent on swimming up the river," the spokesman added.
   In a similar incident about 10 years ago pilot whales were successfully
urged
back to sea after they swam into the harbour, a harbourmaster official said.