Hundreds of people manage to save life of beached whale by digging it free

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Over three hundred people came to the rescue of a humpback whale after it lay stranded on a beach in a Brazilian costal city.

The baby humpback, which is believed to weigh 10 to 15 tons, was found washed up on the beach at Buzios, a tourist resort 105 miles from the Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro.

Video footage from the scene shows a throng of rescuers banding together with shovels used to dig the sand around the whale in an attempt to save it. 

Workers can be seen using rented JCB diggers to build a trench in the sand to let sea water flow in, before lifting the creature and placing it back into the sea with a sling.

After its 24-hour ordeal, the 32-foot creature swam away, prompting wild celebrations from the rescuers on the beach.

People were left crying and shouting for joy as the marine mammal was released into the South Atlantic Ocean.


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