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U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

July 11, 2012


U.S. Coast Guard

Contact: Public Affairs Detachment New York

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Office: (212) 668-7114

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Coast Guard rescues sea turtle near Montauk Harbor

NEW YORK – A 47-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk, Long Island, N.Y., rescued a 5-foot sea turtle from fishing gear Wednesday afternoon, near Montauk Harbor.

The crew of the Coast Guard response boat was conducting training exercises near Montauk Harbor, around 1:30 p.m., when they received a call over VHF radio CH 16, from the sailing vessel Summer Wind, informing them that a sea turtle was entangled in a buoy line three miles south of Montauk Harbor.

The Coast Guard crew diverted from their training and headed to assist the distressed sea turtle.  After authorization from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a biologist from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Riverhead, N.Y., was in direct contact with the boat crewmembers and passed critical directions to assist with the rescue.

The boat crew cut and untwisted the line and buoys from around the turtle’s neck and two front flippers and was successful at setting the sea turtle free.

NEW YORK - A 47-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk, Long Island, N.Y., rescues a 5-foot sea turtle from fishing gear Wednesday afternoon, near Montauk Harbor. The boat crew cut and untwisted the line and buoys from around the turtle’s neck and two front flippers and was successful at setting the sea turtle free. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Sand.

NEW YORK - A 47-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk, Long Island, N.Y., rescues a 5-foot sea turtle from fishing gear Wednesday afternoon, near Montauk Harbor. The boat crew cut and untwisted the line and buoys from around the turtle’s neck and two front flippers and was successful at setting the sea turtle free. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Sand.

NEW YORK - A 47-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk, Long Island, N.Y., rescues a 5-foot sea turtle from fishing gear Wednesday afternoon, near Montauk Harbor. The crew of the Coast Guard response boat was conducting training exercises near Montauk Harbor, when they received a call over VHF radio CH 16, from the sailing vessel Summer Wind, informing them that a sea turtle was entangled in a buoy line three miles south of Montauk Harbor. The crew was able to successfully free the sea turtle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Sand.

NEW YORK - A 47-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk, Long Island, N.Y., rescues a 5-foot sea turtle from fishing gear Wednesday afternoon, near Montauk Harbor. The crew of the Coast Guard response boat was conducting training exercises near Montauk Harbor, when they received a call over VHF radio CH 16, from the sailing vessel Summer Wind, informing them that a sea turtle was entangled in a buoy line three miles south of Montauk Harbor. The crew was able to successfully free the sea turtle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Sand.

A Coast Guard 47-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk, Long Island, N.Y., was conducting training exercises near Montauk Harbor, when they diverted from their training and headed to assist a distressed sea turtle.  After authorization from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a biologist from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Riverhead, N.Y., was in direct contact with the boat crewmembers and passed critical directions to assist with the rescue. The boat crew cut and untwisted the sea turtle from the entangled line from around its neck and two front flippers and was successful at setting the sea turtle free. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Sand.

NEW YORK - A Coast Guard 47-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk, Long Island, N.Y., was conducting training exercises near Montauk Harbor, when they diverted from their training and headed to assist a distressed sea turtle.  After authorization from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a biologist from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Riverhead, N.Y., was in direct contact with the boat crewmembers and passed critical directions to assist with the rescue. The boat crew cut and untwisted the sea turtle from the entangled line from around its neck and two front flippers and was successful at setting the sea turtle free. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Sand.

 ***Media Note: Any media interested in video of the rescue or interviews with the crew, please contact Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Rivera at (212) 668-7114.***


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