OUR VIEW: Residents ready to and willing to help

Four dolphins stranded at Oyster Bay rescued

Campbell Riverites showed how big their hearts are once again Tuesday morning after four Pacific white-sided dolphins became trapped in a mud pool.

Volunteers put aside their other obligations and trekked through the mud and water to do whatever they could to ensure the dolphins were comfortable until help arrived.

Oyster River area residents, and others who came down, should be commended for what they did – whether it be pouring buckets of water over the stranded dolphins or stroking them to try and keep them calm.

When volunteers heard help for the stranded dolphins would be hours away they made a tough, but snap decision.

With the tide going out and the dolphins’ lives hanging in the balance, the Good Samaritans decided to take matters into their own hands and transport the dolphins themselves.

By 10:15 a.m., the large group of do-gooders had managed to successfully move all of the porpoises back out to sea using a large tarp.

Thanks to the quick thinking of area residents and those who were notified of the situation through the Campbell River Mirror’s Facebook page and came down to offer assistance, all four dolphins were returned to the water safely, and seemingly, without injury.

Had volunteers waited for too long, the story may not have had as happy an ending.

Congratulations to all who attended the scene.

It’s inspiring and comforting to know there are so many people in this city who are willing to led a hand when someone, or something, is in need.

– Campbell River Mirror

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