Rescuers: distressed whales move away from coast

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Posted: May 21, 2011 11:04 AM
Rescuers: distressed whales move away from coast

Rescue workers say dozens of pilot whales that risked becoming beached on a Scottish island have moved to deeper water.

The charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue says the pod of 60 whales seems to be trying to leave the area.

The group's Dave Jarvis said Saturday that rescuers will follow the whales in a boat to make sure they do not harm themselves along the rocky coastline.

Rescue workers and fishermen have been trying to prevent the whales from beaching and dying on the rocky shores of Loch Carnan in Scotland's Western Isles. Several of the animals already have head injuries.

The pod arrived at the loch Thursday afternoon and came close to beaching Friday morning, but were driven back into deeper water.

The loch is an inlet on the island of South Uist.