Dorset

Stranded porpoise in Poole Harbour rescued by RNLI

The stranded porpoise
Image caption The porpoise became stuck on a sandbar in Poole Harbour

A porpoise had to be rescued by lifeboat crews in Dorset after it became stranded on a sandbank.

RNLI crews were called to help the creature which was spotted in Poole Harbour on Saturday.

The marooned animal is believed to have been stuck on the sand bar between Furzey Island and Green Island for some time as it was quite dry.

The team used life jackets to make a stretcher to transfer the porpoise to deeper water so it could swim away.

John Vine, volunteer Poole lifeboat crewman, said: "The porpoise shot off at speed when it felt a bow wave wash over it's nose. I think it will be OK."

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