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Whale beached at Aust near First Severn Crossing

Rescue teams spent the night trying to save a young whale washed up at Aust, Bristol, near the First Severn Crossing.

The 9ft (2.7m) beaked whale became beached at about 22:00 BST on Wednesday and was put down by a vet at about 03:30 BST.

The Zoological Society of London is now working to retrieve the creature, which it believes to be a Sowerby's beaked whale, and take it back to the capital for a post-mortem examination.

Geoff Dawe, from the Severn Area Rescue Association, said about 40 people "worked tirelessly" on the rescue.

  • 16 Aug 2012