Coast Guard Rescues Leatherback Turtle off Cape Cod

Coast Guard rescue crews assist Jenn Tackaberry, Provincetown Center for Costal Studies, in disentangling a Leather Back Sea turtle entangled in lobster gear off Truro. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Cavallo.

A Coast Guard crew from Provincetown, Massachusetts, assisted in disentangling a leatherback turtle near Truro, Massachusetts, on Monday, September 17, 2012.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received a report from a Good Samaritan stating he had found an entangled sea turtle in lobster gear near Truro at approximately 1:40 p.m. on Monday.

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

The tangled leatheback sea turtle was freed within 20 minutes after the CG crew arrived on scene.

“It was a successful interagency 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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