Indonesian volunteers save six beached whales

Children look at a dead sperm whale, one of four that died after a small pod became stranded yesterday in Aceh Besar, Aceh province, on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)

JAKARTA: Indonesian volunteers managed to save six whales beached on the northern tip of Sumatra but four died, a conservation official said on Tuesday.

The rescuers worked late into Monday night to free six of 10 massive sperm animals using ropes and patrol boats and turn them back into the waters off Aceh province.

"Some people got injured on the coral and the high tide was also an obstacle but we tried our best," said Sapto Aji Prabowo, head of the Aceh conservation agency.

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