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I apologize that no one has responded to your question sooner. Different experts come online at various times. I just came online and saw your question. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with a special interest in avian health. It was kind of you to help this bird. You have done the right things. However, it is very likely that the bird got water in its lungs if it was in the ocean. Only a vet can treat that. After going through sucha traumatic event, a complete vet exam would be best. The vet can check for aspiration pneumonia and provide more effective treatment for dehydration. If teh cockatiel is still alive, I suggest making an appointment. this link will help you find a vet:
If you have more questions, just let me know. I hope the bird has survived and will be able to recover.
You're welcome. I thought from your description that he didn't have a good chance. He did probably have salt water in his lungs. That can even be hard for a vet to treat. At least you gave him a little comfort in his final hours. It was kind to do that. I'm sorry for how it turned out.