April 19, 2016
Three killer whales have been rescued after becoming surrounded by ice and cut off from the sea.
One of the whales was “lying on stones” in shallow water and two others were “squeezed in ice”, said Denis Ilyinov from Russia’s emergency ministry.
Rescuers plunged into the freezing water to shove the ice aside, while others used poles to try to clear a path for the orcas in eastern Russia’s Sahkalin region.
Three killer whales, including one calf, eventually managed to thread their way back back to the open sea.
Rescuers stayed with the fourth orca and were waiting for higher water to help it escape.