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Teens Rescue Dolphins Trapped in Ice in Newfoundland


A group of five dolphins were trapped this week for more than three days by pack ice after they presumably chased fish into a harbor at Seal Cove, Newfoundland.

Ice "The town had called for an icebreaker to free the white-beaked dolphins, only to be told that none were available, and even if one was, that it could push broken ice into the weakened mammals, further injuring or killing them. Yesterday, some of the dolphins had disappeared, feared dead. Four remained in the morning; by midday, it was three."

16-year-old Brandon Banks then took matters into his own hands and launced a five-hour rescue:

Banks "And so it was yesterday that the young Mr. Banks and four other locals hopped into a 17-foot fibreglass boat - with stainless steel propeller blades, it was a do-it-yourself icebreaker... They launched the boat into the icy cove, and set about clearing a way out for the dolphins. They rocked back and forth against the ice, breaking it apart and working a small path 250 metres long into the enclosure while the three remaining dolphins circled around. Once near them, Mr. Banks donned a red dry-suit and hopped into the frigid February ocean waters, face to face with the trapped dolphins to free them. 'It was real cold, but we didn't feel it because of the suits," he said. In the boat, they carved out their path into the free ocean water. Two of the dolphins followed without trouble. The other two had left earlier - presumed freed or dead - and only one was left in the cove, weakened. 'Two got out through, and the next one was too tired,' said the young Mr. Banks, who leapt into the water to hold onto the 180-kilogram dolphin, called a jumper by the locals. 'I kept him up with my legs, keep his head up from under the water.' Meanwhile, many people from the town lined the cove, taking in what was happening a couple of hundred metres out onto the ice."


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  1. Bravo! These guys deserve an award or something... perfect story for a Friday morning!

    Posted by: Wayne | Feb 20, 2009 9:58:45 AM

  2. I love it, The "authoritity" figures and adults say it can't be done. A teen jumps in and get it done.

    Posted by: kujhawker | Feb 20, 2009 10:02:49 AM

  3. I LOVE this story! It made my day!

    Posted by: Timtohy | Feb 20, 2009 10:32:25 AM

  4. Just when you loose faith--some human beings do something courageous and beautiful. Young Brandon Banks is a hero...saving dolphins, and it's Pisces time!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 20, 2009 10:43:20 AM

  5. Thanks, Andy, for posting this. It made me happy to see a positive story of compassion and love.

    Posted by: Gary | Feb 20, 2009 10:53:20 AM

  6. Andy- tried to leave a tip, but it wouldn't let me. Here's story on the first jaguar caught and given a tracking collar in the US.

    Posted by: homer | Feb 20, 2009 11:01:55 AM

  7. Beautiful story. I am proud of those young men. Give them the key to to the city or SOMETHING!

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Feb 20, 2009 11:20:26 AM

  8. Great story! I'll be smiling all day!

    Posted by: LTP | Feb 20, 2009 11:21:30 AM

  9. Wow, this is great. It seems like the only news stories that are covered from here in Newfoundland are about the seal hunt or our Conservative premier and Conservative prime minister hating each other and acting like dicks. It's nice to have a story I can beproud of.

    Posted by: Jamie | Feb 20, 2009 11:30:21 AM

  10. kudos from me too for bringing this story forward, and especially to the good people who said enough is enough.

    in a veritable tidal wave os awful news, this was a welcome relief. i hope they get their 15 minutes of fame and some good to come from it.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 20, 2009 12:05:21 PM

  11. What a great story. I had tears in my eyes while reading it. Cheers to those young men.

    Posted by: dm | Feb 20, 2009 12:38:28 PM

  12. I love it! Bravo to these young people!

    Posted by: Juan | Feb 20, 2009 1:50:25 PM

  13. Video was removed for content violation?

    Posted by: bag | Feb 20, 2009 2:17:23 PM

  14. these guys deserve fucking medals of honor and scholarships to the college of their choice.

    Finally, some balls.

    Posted by: kevin r. | Feb 20, 2009 3:33:32 PM

  15. Bravo! This young man and his friends are true heroes! They deserve a parade! Truly magnificient action and a beautiful heartwarming story!

    Posted by: Susan Weinstein | Feb 20, 2009 3:46:24 PM

  16. Well Done.. Brandon and friends.

    Posted by: Greg | Feb 20, 2009 4:01:18 PM

  17. Its nice to see news from Newfoundland! Seal Cove is actually a tiny community minutes from where I'm originally from, and I know Brandon's family. They are great people. We have been hearing about this story locally all week and I wasn't expecting to hear about it being resolved on Towleroad!

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 20, 2009 4:45:00 PM

  18. All the way from Colorado,THANK YOU BRANDON! You and your friends are heroes! What a wonderful act of compassion!

    Posted by: Anna | Feb 23, 2009 6:23:30 PM

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