Coast Guard assists entangled Leatherback sea turtle

Coast Guard crews assist entangled Leatherback sea turtle

The tangled Leatherback sea turtle was freed within 20 minutes


   Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Provincetown, Mass. assist Jenn Tackaberry, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, in disentangling a Leather Back Sea turtle entangled in lobster gear off Truro, Mass. Sept. 17, 2012. The tangled turtle was freed, with no injuries, within 20 minutes after arriving on scene. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Cavallo.

The Coast Guard Station Provincetown's 25-Foot Defender Class Boat crew assisted in disentangling a Leatherback sea turtle near Truro on Monday.

We responded quickly with our local agencies to free the sea turtle as quickly as possible." - Chief Warrant Officer James DealWatchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received a report from a Good Samaritan stating he found an entangled sea turtle in lobster gear near Truro at approximately 1:40 p.m. Monday.

A Station Provincetown rescue crew was launched and assisted Massachusetts Environmental Police and Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies personnel to free the turtle.

The tangled Leatherback sea turtle was freed within 20 minutes after arriving on scene.

“It was a successful inter-agency response,” said Chief Warrant Officer James Deal, a Sector Southeastern New England situation unit manager. “We responded quickly with our local agencies to free the sea turtle as quickly as possible.”

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