Confusion continues in fate of dolphins

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The fate of a group of dolphins who became trapped in an ice-clogged bay in Newfoundland was a matter of dispute today.
A group of men in Seal Cove, N.L., say they freed three white-beaked dolphins Thursday after they cut a path of water through the ice using a five-metre speedboat.
But Wayne Ledwell, an expert in rescuing trapped whales, says he believes at least two of the dolphins are dead because they wouldn't have been able to navigate the ice-covered waters of White Bay.
A 16-year-old boy who was with the men says he helped free one of the weaker dolphins after he went into the frigid waters, wearing a survival suit, and attached a harness to it.
He says the mammal was towed to open water, where it swam away.
Ledwell says he could only confirm that one of the four trapped dolphins was alive as of late Thursday.

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Seal Cove, White Bay

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  • randy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Who is this Wayne Ledwell anyway.Seems to me he's acting as some sort of expect,while sitting in his SUV with binoculars.I'll believe the brave young 16 yr old,who dove into fridgid waters to help.If he says,it appeared 3 survived i believe him first,,Now Mr Ledwell go back to your desk and write your report

  • Nasty
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Since jobs are a thing of the past in the province, at least people are keeping themselves busy and productive.

    Seems like the people of Seal Cove have the right outlook. Too bad the rest of the population did not share these values when it comes to going the extra mile no matter what the outcome.

    Hat's off to you folks that risked your lives to help those that needed it. Maybe the Telegram should be doing a story on these brave folks that see the bigger picture, and know what the right thing really is.

    Guess it was not a snowday for them like the townies that refused to even open the door when the weather is not perfect. They are far too soft and too caught up with themselves to lift a hand to help even themselves.

    If even 10% of the townies would get out of bed long enough to even clean the sidewalks that would be one less problem in St. Johns.

  • gord
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    TYPICAL. GOOD PEOPLE IN OUTPORTS IN NL. ESPECIALLY IN SEAL COVE. GREAT JOB BOYS, YOU ALL SHOULD BE REWARDED. GORD FROM CARBONEAR NL

  • Jesse
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Hey W.Bagg, So what if these people have a job or not. atleast they did something meaningful...and remember one of them was only 16. How many 16 year olds are that selfless? I'm not sure, but i know plenty of them that are selfish. ...Also thank God that there are still good people left in this world who still have heart. Sometimes i wonder.

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame guys...you deserve it.

    Well done.

  • Phil
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Nasty Nate -- I don't know how you jumped from a story about dolphin rescue to Townies being too lazy to shovel their side walks?? Your comments were both moronic and out of context.

    In addition, jobs here in NL are hardly a thing of the past . Nearly every store/shop has a help wanted sign and our saturday career sections still list plenty of employment opportunities.

    Anyways, I applaud the rescue efforts of the residents of Seal Cove .. whether successful or not. Cheers guys!

  • Glenn
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    You missed the real story. Whether or not the dolphins lived, those people put themselves in harm's way to try to help them.
    They didn't do it for fame or glory, they did it because they cared enough to risk their lives to help those helpless creatures. They risked the freezing cold of the Newfoundland February ocean and the possibility of injury or death from the potential panicked thrashing of powerful wild animals because they thought it was the right thing to do.
    I don't believe there were any 'whale experts' doing the same.

  • Willy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I don't disagree that Wayne Ledwell has accomplished a lot in his career , but i couldn't help but pick up a shadow of jealousy in his Evening news interview . I Just think that he should have gotten to the site a lot sooner and become the Team leader instead of pretty much saying that he could have done better . Most people with an ounce of common sense cant afford to wait around while beaurocrats and experts sit around discussing protocal . Would you let someone burn in a car fire or drown in a boating accident while you waited for the ambulance or Coast Guard to show up . I hope that those rescuers involved are shown the respect that they deserve . They could have sat down and done nothing, but they played the hand they were dealt . Good for them .

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Seems there alot of people with nothing to do but rescue dolphins. ANybody got a job out there?

  • david
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    hahahaha Nasty Nate from St. John's, you fool, your so funny how you categorize townies and yet here you state you are from town yourself.

    Oh, its awesome how much lack of intelligence you have. So funny

  • Doug B
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Wayne Ledwell has saved more whales than any individual in North America, I think. I have a great amount of respect for him. I also honor the four men who did what they could for these animals. It was a judgement call.

  • JB
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Well, at least the residents of Seal Cove tried, my hat's off to them.
    That's more than we can say for DFO or those who were contacted when the porpoises were first trapped. The rescue should not have been left up to residents, action should have been taken right away when the authorities were notified of the situation. They can use all the excuses they want but the bottom line seems to be that it wasn't important enought to take immediate action.
    It's apalling how some humans put so little value on animal life.

  • Jim
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Hey Nasty Nate,
    This is perfect for you.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QlQkw2FCek

  • randy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Who is this Wayne Ledwell anyway.Seems to me he's acting as some sort of expect,while sitting in his SUV with binoculars.I'll believe the brave young 16 yr old,who dove into fridgid waters to help.If he says,it appeared 3 survived i believe him first,,Now Mr Ledwell go back to your desk and write your report

  • Nasty
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Since jobs are a thing of the past in the province, at least people are keeping themselves busy and productive.

    Seems like the people of Seal Cove have the right outlook. Too bad the rest of the population did not share these values when it comes to going the extra mile no matter what the outcome.

    Hat's off to you folks that risked your lives to help those that needed it. Maybe the Telegram should be doing a story on these brave folks that see the bigger picture, and know what the right thing really is.

    Guess it was not a snowday for them like the townies that refused to even open the door when the weather is not perfect. They are far too soft and too caught up with themselves to lift a hand to help even themselves.

    If even 10% of the townies would get out of bed long enough to even clean the sidewalks that would be one less problem in St. Johns.

  • gord
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    TYPICAL. GOOD PEOPLE IN OUTPORTS IN NL. ESPECIALLY IN SEAL COVE. GREAT JOB BOYS, YOU ALL SHOULD BE REWARDED. GORD FROM CARBONEAR NL

  • Jesse
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Hey W.Bagg, So what if these people have a job or not. atleast they did something meaningful...and remember one of them was only 16. How many 16 year olds are that selfless? I'm not sure, but i know plenty of them that are selfish. ...Also thank God that there are still good people left in this world who still have heart. Sometimes i wonder.

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame guys...you deserve it.

    Well done.

  • Phil
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Nasty Nate -- I don't know how you jumped from a story about dolphin rescue to Townies being too lazy to shovel their side walks?? Your comments were both moronic and out of context.

    In addition, jobs here in NL are hardly a thing of the past . Nearly every store/shop has a help wanted sign and our saturday career sections still list plenty of employment opportunities.

    Anyways, I applaud the rescue efforts of the residents of Seal Cove .. whether successful or not. Cheers guys!

  • Glenn
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    You missed the real story. Whether or not the dolphins lived, those people put themselves in harm's way to try to help them.
    They didn't do it for fame or glory, they did it because they cared enough to risk their lives to help those helpless creatures. They risked the freezing cold of the Newfoundland February ocean and the possibility of injury or death from the potential panicked thrashing of powerful wild animals because they thought it was the right thing to do.
    I don't believe there were any 'whale experts' doing the same.

  • Willy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    I don't disagree that Wayne Ledwell has accomplished a lot in his career , but i couldn't help but pick up a shadow of jealousy in his Evening news interview . I Just think that he should have gotten to the site a lot sooner and become the Team leader instead of pretty much saying that he could have done better . Most people with an ounce of common sense cant afford to wait around while beaurocrats and experts sit around discussing protocal . Would you let someone burn in a car fire or drown in a boating accident while you waited for the ambulance or Coast Guard to show up . I hope that those rescuers involved are shown the respect that they deserve . They could have sat down and done nothing, but they played the hand they were dealt . Good for them .

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Seems there alot of people with nothing to do but rescue dolphins. ANybody got a job out there?

  • david
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    hahahaha Nasty Nate from St. John's, you fool, your so funny how you categorize townies and yet here you state you are from town yourself.

    Oh, its awesome how much lack of intelligence you have. So funny

  • Doug B
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Wayne Ledwell has saved more whales than any individual in North America, I think. I have a great amount of respect for him. I also honor the four men who did what they could for these animals. It was a judgement call.

  • JB
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Well, at least the residents of Seal Cove tried, my hat's off to them.
    That's more than we can say for DFO or those who were contacted when the porpoises were first trapped. The rescue should not have been left up to residents, action should have been taken right away when the authorities were notified of the situation. They can use all the excuses they want but the bottom line seems to be that it wasn't important enought to take immediate action.
    It's apalling how some humans put so little value on animal life.

  • Jim
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Hey Nasty Nate,
    This is perfect for you.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QlQkw2FCek