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Thailand Dolphins - Rescue effort for trapped humpback dolphins
01/04/2005
APTN
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NAME: THA DOLPHINS 040105N TAPE: EF05/0013 IN_TIME: 10:25:48:24 DURATION: 00:02:06:18 SOURCES: APTN DATELINE: Khao Lak - 4 Jan 2005 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: 1. Dolphin surfacing in lagoon 2. Wide shot of dolphin swimming in lagoon 3. Various of Greek divers from the Athens fire department unloading boat from truck 4. People in water beside floats which are connected to nets being used to catch the dolphins 5. Wide shot of line of people in water with boat 6. Wide shot of dolphin surfacing 7. Greek divers setting off in boat from shore of lagoon 8. Wide shot of boat in lagoon with member of Greek team watching from the shore 9. Dolphin surfacing 10. People watching from shoreline 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Suwit Khunkitti, Thai Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment: "I think it is very important because it is also one life, and at least you know we''ve lost so many lives and all, it doesn''t matter if it is animal or human - it is a great thing, especially the tsunami survival." 12. SOUNDBITE: (Greek) Major Papa Dowis, Greek Special Rescue Team: "Actually we came from Greece not to rescue our citizens necessarily, not to rescue any live humans but we came to help in any way we could and especially in the care of dolphins. Dolphins are special to us Greeks. It''s a mission and it is very important. " 13. People on bank of lagoon, pulling at net 14. People on land pulling net, trying to herd or catch the dolphins 15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jim Steyers, Myanmar Dolphin Project: "And if we can get about a rai or two (a rai is a unit of measure, 40 square metres) of lake bottom that''s free of debris, it''s no problem, it''s easy to drag the net across and bring the animal right up on the beach. So that''s the only issue now - is to get this lake clean, otherwise I just don''t know how else we''re going to do it." 15. Wide shot of dolphin surfacing as it swims in lagoon STORYLINE: Rescue workers in Thailand tried to save the lives of a humpback dolphin and her calf which were trapped in a small lagoon when tsunamis battered the coastline on December 26. Rescue teams on Tuesday tried unsuccessfully to herd the two dolphins into nets so they could be removed from a small lagoon in Khao Lak where the Asian tsunamis dumped them nine days earlier. The dolphins were spotted on Monday a kilometre (more than a half mile) from the sea. They were found by a man searching for his wife, and have become a symbol of hope amid the death and destruction caused by the massive waves that crushed local tourist resorts. Thailand''s Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment, Suwit Khunkitti, said it was great to hear that the dolphins were still alive, saying all life was important following the tsunami catastrophe. But the intense desire for a rescue attempt instead of the grim search for bodies led to dissension between a group of Greek divers from the Athens fire department and local fishermen. The divers, who realised their efforts to extricate the dolphins were doomed because their nets were too small, were told to leave the lagoon after local officials arrived and said they would try a traditional technique, even though a dolphin expert warned that it could harm the mammals. Men in boats, using larger nets, used a cacophony of noise to corner the animals, believed to be an Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and her roughly three-year-old offspring. But the dolphins managed to slip out of the cordon, and the effort was called off for the day. The dolphins were expected to survive for up to a few more days in the murky, stagnating water, but there were concerns, including a lack of live fish to eat. The larger dolphin, about two metres (seven feet) long, appeared to have a back injury. While the rescue attempt went on, volunteers spotted several human bodies in the nearby vegetation, and one in the lagoon. Even before Tuesday''s effort began, American dolphin expert Jim Styers gave it only a 50 percent chance of success. Styers, who is from Seattle, is head consultant for the Myanmar Dolphin Project in Ranong, in northern Thailand, and has worked on a number of marine animal rescue efforts over the years, including the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. About 500-600 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins are believed to inhabit the seas around Thailand, migrating between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Keywords - Indian ocean earthquake tsunami
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