Rescue of 800-pound sea turtle is one of 10
nominated for Coast Guard's best video
footage of the Coast Guard saving an
800-pound leatherback turtle off Cape May in New Jersey is
among 10 in the running the Coast Guard's Video of
the Year contest.
Guard rescues lives every day," according to a news release on
the contest, "but it’s not every day we save a 800-pound
2014 Coast Guard Video of the Year competition started on Monday,
Dec. 22, and ends Sunday, Jan. 4.
first video nominee made its debut on Compass,
the Coast Guard's official blog, on Dec. 22, with a new video
released each day since then. The loggerhead rescue is the eighth.
The ninth video will be released today and the final one on
Wednesday, Dec. 31.
can vote for your favorite videos by liking them on Facebook or
YouTube, via retweet and favorite on Twitter or commenting on
winner will be announced Jan. 5, 2014, on Coast Guard's Compass and
its Facebook page.
loggerhead rescue happened in August. Crew members from
Coast Guard Station Cape May and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center
in Brigantine, N.J., rescued the sea turtle, which was entangled in
fishing gear off the coast.
good Samaritan aboard a recreational fishing boat spotted the
distressed turtle and notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector
Delaware Bay. A crew from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City
transported a Marine Mammal Stranding Center crew member to
Station Cape May in a 45-foot response boat. Then the crew member and
the Coast Guard traveled 30 miles offshore to the GPS coordinates
provided by the good Samaritan and located the entangled turtle.
on scene, the Station Cape May boat crew
and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center crew
assessed the situation and worked to free the turtle from the fishing
gear in which it was entangled.
was excited," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick
Giannaris, the crewman who physically removed the entanglement from
the turtle. "It was one of my better experiences being in the
Coast Guard, just seeing the animal so close and helping marine life.
Everyone was pretty energized about the whole experience."