Picnickers help free stranded dolphin
29th April 2003
The Star Online (Malaysia)
KOTA KINABALU: Employees of a watersports company and picnickers helped free a dolphin that was stranded for five hours at Putatan beach last week.
They “cuddled, talked and swam” with the 2m-long sea mammal to keep it alive in the Pulau Tiga area.
It was only at 2pm that they managed to guide the dolphin out to sea.
HELP'S HERE: Some of the people who came out to assist the dolphin struggling in shallow waters off Putatan beach in Kota Kinabalu.
Christopher Lammart, an employee of Borneo Beach Bums Sdn Bhd, said he rushed to the beach when his wife informed him about the dolphin and called his company to send a boat for the rescue.
“I tied myself with a rope ready to be towed to beach and I cradled and talked to the dolphin when leading it to cleaner waters.
“It was murky and brackish near the beach, so I thought it was best for the dolphin to be out in clean water.
“It appeared weak. When I tried releasing the dolphin, it spun,” he said, adding that that it was a sign that the dolphin was dying.