Coast Guard Rescues Dolphin That Jumped Into Sailboat in Back Bay

Coast Guard crews rescued a dolphin Thursday after it landed in a boat in Back Bay.

At around 1 a.m. the Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach received a call from a man who said he witnessed a 7-foot dolphin jump out of the water and land in the dinghy attached to his sailboat.

The Coast Guard in coordination with a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine biologist determined the dolphin should be placed back into the water as quickly as possible to ensure the dolphin's survival.

The Coast Guard launched a response boat crew to the scene and assisted the dolphin into the water.

"I am proud of the close coordination between our crews and the professionals at FWC," said Chief Warrant Officer Robert Gruschow, commanding officer of Station Fort Myers Beach. "Through this coordination we were able to save another life."

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