A swimmer has been missing off the coast of Ireland for nearly 12 hours because of his life to a pod of dolphins. The clever marine mammals attract the attention of rescuers, who eventually spot the exhausted man and save him!
A few days ago, a rescue team at Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) received unexpected help from a group of dolphins searching for a missing swimmer. Although the man went missing for 12 hours, he somehow survived, and volunteers found him surrounded by a pod of small bottlenose dolphins, the BBC reported.
“At 20:30, a volunteer rescue team with the Fenit RNLI spotted a pod of dolphins and a head above the water about 2.5 miles from Castlegregory Beach,” the rescue force said. “The missing guy was conscious and was immediately taken to a lifeboat and brought to Fenit Harbor to be taken to hospital.”
The man, who did not want to be named, told the rescue team his intention was swimming to a small rocky island, five miles from the beach, where his clothes were originally found. When several beachgoers noticed the man’s abandoned clothes for hours, they alerted authorities, and the search began.
Despite being stranded at sea for so long, the man only suffered from “hypothermia and exhaustion”, but he will soon recover. According to a BBC report, this dolphin has only been spotted off the coast of Ireland since 2019.
On the other hand, the rescue force said this guy was fortunate to be found alive. They also raise awareness for those who venture out at sea should let others know about it.
“When we found out he had a lot of dolphins around,” Finbarr O’Connell with RNLI told local media. “Maybe they helped him in one way or another: who knows?! However, this is a very lucky individual. “