Seven volunteer lifeboat crew members from Ballyglass RNLI came to the rescue of a large juvenile dolphin which became stranded at Bundúla, in Blacksod Bay, just outside Belmullet yesterday morning (1 August).
The alarm was raised by concerned former RNLI crew member David Tyrrell who spotted the mammal in difficulty in an ebbing tide.
Ballyglass RNLI Lifeboat Clann Lir and crew were quickly on the scene.
Time was of the essence as the sea continued to recede and the hot sun was further drying the area and the animal.
Both the RNLI inshore boat crew and shore crew carried out the rescue.
They succeeded in lifting the dolphin onto a stretcher which they lifted onto the inshore lifeboat which proceeded out and into deeper waters close to Claggan Island.
At that point, in sufficient depth, the crew released the dolphin which swam away.