December 30, 2014

Rescue of 800-pound sea turtle is one of 10
nominated for Coast Guard's best video

Rescue 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.

The Coast Guard rescues lives every day," according to a news release on the contest, "but it’s not every day we save a 800-pound leatherback turtle!"

he 2014 Coast Guard Video of the Year competition started on Monday, Dec. 22, and ends Sunday, Jan. 4.

he 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.

You can vote for your favorite videos by liking them on Facebook or YouTube, via retweet and favorite on Twitter or commenting on Compass.

The winner will be announced Jan. 5, 2014, on Coast Guard's Compass and its Facebook page.

The 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.

A 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.

Once on scene, the Station Cape May boat crew and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center crew member assessed the situation and worked to free the turtle from the fishing gear in which it was entangled.

"Everybody 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."

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