September 2, 2014

Coast Guard rescues tangled
sea turtle in Oregon Inlet

Members from the U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service biologist rescued a loggerhead sea turtle Sunday, Aug. 31, in Oregon Inlet.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received word from a good Samaritan boater that the turtle was tangled in a line and dragging a plastic bucket in the vicinity of Bonner Bridge.

A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft crew from Station Oregon Inlet, along with a National Park Service biologist with a degree in zoology, were sent to free the turtle and assess its condition.

The crew arrived on scene, took the turtle aboard and freed it from the line. The NPS biologist took measurements, collected data, and determined the turtle to be in good health with minimal injuries.

The loggerhead was then released.

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