Dolphins ‘alert’ rescue crew to lost swimmer stranded at sea for 12 hours

A pod of dolphins saved the life of a swimmer who was lost for about 12 hours off the coast of Ireland. Rescuers were attracted to the clever sea creatures, who ultimately found the worn-out guy and saved him!

A few days ago, while looking for a missing swimmer, a rescue team from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) received some unanticipated assistance from a pod of dolphins. Despite going lost for 12 hours, the guy managed to live, and the volunteers eventually located him when he was being encircled by a small group of bottlenose dolphins, according to the BBC.

About two and a half miles off Castlegregory beach, the volunteer lifeboat crew from Fenit RNLI noticed a pod of dolphins and a head above the water about 20:30. The victim was transported to Fenit Harbour and placed onto the lifeboat while still alive in order to be evacuated to the hospital.

The man, who remained anonymous, told the rescue team that he planned to swim to a tiny rocky island five kilometers from the beach where his garments were first discovered. A few beachgoers had been seeing the man's unattended clothing for hours when they informed the authorities, which launched a search.

The man was merely "hypothermic and weary" despite spending so much time alone at sea, but he will soon recover. According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, this dolphin species has just recently been seen off the Irish coast, the BBC reported.

However, the rescuers claimed that this man was extremely fortunate to have been discovered alive. Additionally, they spread the word about marine adventurers so that others are aware of it.

Many dolphins were around when we found him, the RNLI's Finbarr O'Connell informed the local media.

"Perhaps they assisted him in some way: who knows? However, this person was really fortunate.
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