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Beached whale makes it to safety

Grangemouth whale. Pic by Ineos
A fire crew kept the whale alive by hosing it with water

A whale that beached at Grangemouth docks has been freed by the rising tide with the help of workers at a petrochemical plant.

The mammal, thought to be about 3m (9ft) long, was found by BP staff near the mouth of the River Carron.

They used fire fighting equipment to keep the animal alive by hosing it with water then dug a channel so it could swim free.

Rescue workers are waiting to see if the whale becomes beached again.

Vets from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) are also at the site.

A spokeswoman for BDMLR said the animal was last seen swimming towards the River Carron.

The whale first became beached at land opposite North Shore Road in Grangemouth, near where the River Carron meets the Forth Estuary.

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