A missing swimmer off the Irish coast was rescued with the help of a pod of dolphins.

The rescue began when a swimmer’s clothes were found on the beach but there was no one in the water. The search became a 12-hour long process as the coastguards patrolled the waters into Sunday night.

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The RNLI said, “At 20:30, the volunteer lifeboat crew with Fenit RNLI spotted a pod of dolphins and a head above the water about two-and-a-half miles off Castlegregory beach. The casualty was conscious and immediately recovered onto the lifeboat and brought Fenit Harbour to be taken to hospital.”

The dolphins were confirmed to be a pod of bottlenose dolphins, a common breed in that area that feeds and reproduces in Scotland’s Moray Firth. No one knows why the pod decided to surround the swimmer, whether they were doing it out of pure curiosity or for another reason.

Without the very noticeable pod of bottlenose dolphins, the swimmer might have gone unnoticed and suffered much more dire circumstances than exhaustion.

Dolphins are very curious and intelligent creatures, and this is not the first occurrence of them helping humans. They are well known for their intuitiveness and interest in the humans that go into the water.

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