Members of the emergency services attempt to refloat pilot whales after they beached near Pittenweem off the coast of Fife, Scotland.

London -

A wildlife rescue organisation says 13 whales have died following a mass stranding off the Scottish coast.

British Divers and Marine Life Rescue said on Sunday that the mammals were among a group of 26 pilot whales stranded at Pittenweem, in eastern Scotland.

Coast guards, volunteer medics, fire crews and police are all also involved in efforts to rescue the 13 still living.

But rescue coordinator Gareth Norman said that it was likely more of the whales would die.

A further 24 pilot whales from the same pod are currently in shallow water 4.8km along the coast at Cellardyke. - Sapa-AP