Update: we have just heard that the whale was freed just before 5.30pm
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Dart RNLI Lifeboat and Dartmouth Coastguard-Search and Rescue are working to save a humpback whale entangled in fishing gear off Start Bay.
Uk Coastguard received reports of the whale in trouble just before midday today, 22nd March.
The whale is reportedly still surfacing for air and is currently situated around 1km offshore.
UK Coastguard Duty Controller Angus MacIver said: ‘We are asking for members of the public to be mindful of their own safety if they’re trying to find a viewing vantage point, so that the emergency services can support the BDMLR in responding to this incident.’
Members of the BDMLR have returned to shore to collect equipment to free the whale.
More news as we get it.