A member of the public contacted Brixham Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at just before a quarter to five this afternoon to report that a 45-foot long whale had beached itself on Carlyon Beach, Cornwall. The whale, which is believed to be a Fin Whale was reported to be alive and thrashing about in the shallow water.
Brixham Coastguard alerted British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Two vets from this volunteer group are now on scene. St Austell Coastguard Rescue Team and Devon and Cornwall Police are also on scene to assist the marine rescue team and make sure the public do not cause the whale further distress.
Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager Paul Myers said:
“It’s obviously a very distressing scene and we would ask the public to stay away from the beach to allow the rescue unit to do their work and save the whale from further distress.”
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- British Marine Divers Marine Life Rescue is a voluntary network of trained marine mammal medics who respond to call outs. They are the only marine animal rescue organisation operating across England, Wales and Scotland. They have a wide range of equipment strategically placed throughout the country to deal with strandings of marine animals, This includes rescue boats, equipment trailers, whale and dolphin pontoon sets and a whale disentanglement kit.