Heartbreaking Footage Shows Runner Trying To Save Beached Dolphin

A heartbreaking footage shows the moment Paul Gardiner, 45, desperately tries to save the life of a beached dolphin.

Paul Gardiner found the beached dolphin during a 15km beach run between the Fish River Sun and Kleinemonde Beach in the Eastern Cape. Gardiner dragged the dolphin into the ocean several times but the waves keeps bringing it back ashore. He was alone and feared the ocean’s rip tide might suck him in.

As night approached and after 90 minutes of desperately trying to get the dolphin back into the water, Mr Gardiner’s best efforts failed after the animal died of exhaustion.