Long beach, Kommetjie
Approximately fifty-five pilot whales washed up on the shores of Kommetjie beach during the early hours of Saturday morning 29 May 2009, prompting a massive all-day rescue effort. Hundreds of locals wearing wetsuits or shorts braved high winds and rough waves to try to push them back into the sea.
Many of the whales were being beached once again as soon as they were returned to the water.
The whales, about 3m (10ft) long, are common to the waters off South Africa.
It was a sad situation, we tried to move them towards the sea, they would go and we would be a