Firemen and villagers to the rescue when 10m-long whale gets stranded in Malaysia

Firefighters and villagers joined forces to save a 10-metre long whale that was stranded on a beach 30km south of Miri, Malaysia.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Superintendent Law Poh Kiong said their valiant efforts to free the struggling whale ended well, reports The Star.

"The firemen and villagers (from Kampung Siwak Bakam) put in a good effort to gently push back the whale into deeper waters.

"The effort paid off. The whale was freed. It swam away," he said.

Superintendent Law added that he is glad his department managed to mark World Firefighters' Day by successfully saving an endangered whale.