A common dolphin which was rescued by members of Cork City Fire Brigade after getting stuck in overhanging branches in the River Lee last night has been found dead.

The fire service was called to Wandesford Quay, close to Cork city centre and over a kilometre from where the river meets the sea, to rescue the dolphin which was in difficulty.

A pedestrian had spotted the dolphin and alerted the fire brigade.

Members of the fire service freed the dolphin in darkness.

It then appeared to swim away from the area.

However the dolphin was found dead in the same area at low tide this morning.

The remains of the dolphin were removed from the river and have been taken to the zoology department of University College Cork , where an autopsy is expected to be performed to establish a cause of death.

The dolphin had entered the river from Cork Harbour, where dolphins and seals are often spotted.