Rescuers Save 6 Orcas From Argentine Beach

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -
Rescuers and volunteers work to successfully return a killer whale to the sea near Mar Chiquita, Argentina, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Marina Devo)
Seven killer whales were stranded on the coast before rescuers and volunteers returned six of them to sea, but one died in the process. (AP Photo/Christian Heit)

Rescue workers and volunteers have saved six of seven orcas that became stranded on an Argentine beach.

A person spotted the orcas in the beach town of Mar Chiquita and called authorities early Monday. City workers, firefighters and marine biologists came to help and managed to pull six to safety.

Officials say they’re not sure why the orcas beached themselves.

Mar Chiquita’s tourism secretary Flavia Laguné said the orcas didn’t appear to be ill. But authorities plan an autopsy on the orca that died.