Volunteers Form Human Chain in Tireless Effort to Save Beached Whales in New Zealand

Good News Notes: “In a tireless, two-day effort, volunteers in New Zealand joined together to successfully refloat a pod of long-finned pilot whales stranded on the beach. On Monday, the pod of 49 long-finned pilot whales was found stranded on Farewell Spit, a remote beach on the South Island, AP reported. In response, rangers from New Zealand’s Department…

Firefighters Rescue Swan Stranded On Frozen Westport River

Good News Notes: “The firefighter was able to grab the swan, withstanding ‘a wing to the head and some pecks to the hands.’ After returning to shore, the swan was brought to the animal control officer. ‘This offered a good training opportunity, as well as keeping the public off the ice, who were trying to…

New app helps police rescue stranded hikers in Sault Ste. Marie

Good News Notes: “Three people who got lost hiking Jan. 10 in the Connor Road area of Sault Ste. Marie were able to use the ‘what3words’ app to let police know where they were located. One of the hikers called the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service at 3:57 p.m., and dispatchers were able to get…

Modesto Firefighters Rescue Man in Burning Dumpster Enclosure

Good News Notes: “The Modesto Fire Department early Friday morning saved a man who was locked inside a burning dumpster enclosure in south Modesto. A bread delivery driver called 911 around 1:15 a.m. when he spotted the fire at a strip mall on Crows Landing Road, south of Glenn Avenue, and heard a man yelling…

Amherst police rescue dog in icy marsh

Good News Notes: “A small dog named Lula was safely rescued from an icy marsh adjacent to the Norwottuck Rail Trail in South Amherst on New Year’s Day. Amherst Police Officers Jessica Damon and Molly Farber were summoned by callers at around 11 a.m. on the bike path to the trailhead off Station Road, where the…

This freezing baby owl was saved in a Bangor cemetery

Good News Notes: “The day in late April was uninviting. It was cold, damp, raw, miserable . . . you name it. The temperature was in the high 40s, with a cold mist in the air. Mother Nature was trying to make it rain, but it wasn’t quite working. I was snug in my warm…

UK Cop, Paramedic Rescue Drowning Woman From Canal

Good News Notes: “A police officer and a paramedic rescued a woman who fell into the freezing Nottingham Canal, lost consciousness and slipped under the water. Body-camera footage shows Nottinghamshire Police officer Lee Lane and an unnamed East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic rushing to save the woman, who was struggling to keep her head above the murky…