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Cameras Catch Reporter Rescuing Two Dolphins In Florida

Reporter becomes part of hurricane rescue story

As Hurricane Irma has crashed its way through the Atlantic, it left plenty of tragic news in its wake. An estimated 160,000 Floridians are currently avoiding the storm in shelters. More than 6.2 million homes in the state have no power. The hurricane killed at least 10 people in Cuba. And late last week Irma also devastated an astonishing number of homes on the island of Barbuda.

However, as Fred Rogers famously said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” And the crisis caused by Hurricane Irma has helped reveal just that. Neighbors have put aside their differences to help one another out. We’ve seen things like people bringing each other coffee in long lines for fuel, and giving generators to those who need them most.

On Monday morning, one TV journalist extended that goodwill beyond the human species. Today Show correspondent Kerry Sanders, along with another man, helped rescue a baby dolphin during a live segment on the hurricane-hit Marco Island. The two spent well over 15 minutes helping the dolphin. It continued to get swept into shallow waters by storm surge waves. The two men helped it rest and eventually get back out to safety.

Take a look at the live rescue below:

“I think he’s beyond exhausted,” Sanders said after he had released the dolphin in deeper waters. “I see him trying, he really wants to make it out there. He’s just really disoriented, no doubt.”

Happy ending for two dolphins

In the few short hours since the Today Show first posted the video on Facebook, it has more than 350,000 views and thousands of reactions, with many viewers invested in the young dolphin’s rescue. Fortunately, the story has a happy ending: the dolphin seemed to find its way after a while, and it disappeared safely back into the depths. Sanders later helped rescue an adult dolphin a short time later.

Here’s to looking for the helpers—regardless of whether they’re helping other people or getting baby dolphins back out to safety.