Mar 12, 2010 4:50 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Rescuers struggle to save dolphins

Crews worked Friday to save a group of dolphins stranded off the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

Workers and volunteers waded through hip-deep mud on Thursday to carry eight Atlantic white-sided dolphins from Drummers Cove, but two did not survive.

The six rescued dolphins were quickly brought to Provincetown for a coordinated release back into the ocean.

Overnight, three dolphins made their way back out to the water. Two dolphins were found dead Friday, but another three survived.

"It's thrilling to see them saved. I've been worried about them all night," said Joanna Larance, a concerned resident.

The rescued dolphins will be released off the coast of Provincetown.

The animals that died will be used for research.

They were released three at a time so they could regroup quickly.

Workers grew fatigued at times.

"I'm very exhausted. Yesterday was a 12-hour day, and today looks like it's going to be another full day. There are still animals out in the bay, and who knows where they are going to pop up next," said Larry Bessinger, a rescuer.

With Friday's fatalities, four dolphins in total have died.



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