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"This whale was really wheezing and wasn't able to keep his breathing hole above the water. Something had to be done immediately - we couldn't wait for the cavalry to turn up," Mr Brown said.
The 67-year-old Beaudesert yachtie first rowed out to the whale in his dingy and using a kitchen knife cut through several ropes, but it wasn't enough to free the whale. So Mr Brown returned to his yacht, donned googles and flippers and jumped into the water.
Leaving his wife to steer the boat, Mr Brown cut away several more ropes enabling the whale to shake free of the chains around its tail. Read more: www.brisbanetimes.com.au...