Thousands of people in the central province of Nghe An rushed to a local beach on Wednesday morning to watch the rescue of a 12-meter long whale, local media reported.
The whale, estimated to weigh around 15 tons, reportedly drifted ashore in Dien Chau District’s Dien Thinh Commune early Wednesday.
Residents found the mammal alive, struggling to return to the sea.
More than 20 rescuers were sent to the site and they used two excavator digging trucks remove sand to help bring the whale back to the sea.
Thousands of locals flocked to the site and watched the rescue.
The whale looked weak after hours of struggling. There were several wounds on its body.
All along the Vietnamese coast, whales are revered as harbingers of good luck at sea.
Temples and festivals worshiping the creatures can be found in many cities and provinces.
Thousands of people watch the rescue of the whale. Photo credit:VnExpress