Published: Dec 26, 2011 4:53 PM EST

CALLAWAY, Fla. (AP) - A stranded dolphin dubbed "Christmas" is swimming freely after a two-day rescue effort in the Florida Panhandle.
    
Gulf World co-owner Ron Hardy tells The News Herald (http://bit.ly/sDTkMK ) that the dolphin needed help after getting stuck in brackish waters near Panama City.
    
A local family had spotted the dolphin and named it "Christmas" as they waited for help to arrive. Three boats carrying more than 20 people worked Thursday and Friday to catch the dolphin and take it back to open waters.
    
Finally on Friday, rescuers netted the dolphin and hauled it onto a large floating platform for a medical examination.
    
Hardy says the dolphin was more than 8 feet long and older but still healthy.
    
The dolphin was towed into open waters and released.
    
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Information from: The News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com

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