Argentines race to save stranded whale

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Argentines race to save stranded whale
Members of the Argentine Naval Prefecture and volunteers work to rescue a stranded humpback whale in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Monday, April 9, 2018. The whale beached Saturday afternoon. (AP Photo/Pablo Hugo Funes)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Conservationists, coastguards and volunteers are working around the clock to save a whale that was stranded two days ago on Argentina’s coast.

Local officials say that the humpback whale swam aground Saturday in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Buenos Aires.

Rescuers have been digging around the six-ton whale with heavy machinery. They have also used a crane to lift it and improve its hydration.

Dozens of Mar de Plata residents joined the effort to keep the whale alive Monday, dousing the animal with water and covering it with moist cloths.

Coastguards have designed a special harness to protect the whale when rescuers try to pull it back into the ocean using a tugboat.