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Stranded dolphin back in the sea

A dolphin that ended up stranded after swimming up the River Dee in Chester has been successfully released back into the sea and is "safe and well", an RNLI spokeswoman told ITV News. The mammal was nicknamed Davina.

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Stranded River Dee dolphin shipped out to sea

A dolphin that swam miles up a Welsh river and into English waters is being transported out to sea after it became stranded on sandbanks. Credit: PA

The dolphin that got stranded on sandbanks in the River Dee, Chester, is being returned to sea.

Initially named "Dave" by rescuers and then re-named "Davina" after being identified as female, the dolphin was rescued by volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution this morning.

RNLI lifeboat operations manager Alan Forrester said: "She will probably be much too heavy to lift aboard Rhyl RNLI lifeboat so Rhyl will escort us out to sea.

"The dolphin will be released around the North Rhyl Flats as, if it is set free in any shallow waters, there are fears it will become stranded again."

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