About 15 minute slow drive from my house, hope the dolphins get rescued fast!

100 dolphins stranded off Bataan, 3 reported dead

02/10/2009 | 08:31 AM

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MANILA, Philippines – At least 100 dolphins were beached off the coastal area of Pilar town in the northern Philippines province of Bataan, Governor Enrique Garcia Jr. said early Tuesday.

In a radio interview, Garcia cited initial reports that at least three of the dolphins may have died, even as local residents tried to push them back into the water.

“Mahigit 100 dolphins ang stranded sa Pilar … Report namin about 30 minutes ago tumawag ako sa SBMA at Ocean Adventure na magpadala ng rescue team dito [More than 100 dolphins were stranded in Pilar town. About 30 minutes ago I called the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and

Ocean Adventure to bring in rescue teams],” Garcia said in an interview on dzBB radio.

“This is a phenomenon, ngayon lang nangyayari ito [It is only now that this happened],” he added.

Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo said he is coordinating with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to rescue the dolphins.

“Dinirect namin ang units namin sa Metro Manila [We directed our units in Metro Manila] to help out in this particular undertaking,” he said.

Environment Secretary Jose Atienza Jr. promised to send a team to the area. – GMANews.TV

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