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Northeast Media Contact: (617) 223-8515

1st District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Aug. 09, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard

Contact: 1st District Public Affairs

Office: (617) 223-8515

Jonesport, Maine Coast Guard crew rescues entangled sea turtle (photos, video available)

BOSTON - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Moray frees an entangled turtle south of Great Duck Island, Maine, Aug. 8, 2012. The crew was conducting a routine boarding of a fishing vessel when they noticed the turtle was caught in a lobster pot line. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Moray.   BOSTON - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Moray frees an entangled turtle south of Great Duck Island, Maine, Aug. 8, 2012. The crew was conducting a routine boarding of a fishing vessel when they noticed the turtle was caught in a lobster pot line. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Moray.   BOSTON - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Moray frees an entangled turtle south of Great Duck Island, Maine, Aug. 8, 2012. The crew was conducting a routine boarding of a fishing vessel when they noticed the turtle was caught in a lobster pot line. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Moray.   

BOSTON - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Moray frees an entangled turtle south of Great Duck Island, Maine, Aug. 8, 2012. The crew was conducting a routine boarding of a fishing vessel when they noticed the turtle was caught in a lobster pot line. U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Cutter Moray.

BOSTON - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Moray rescued an entangled sea turtle approximately 1 mile south of Great Duck Island, Maine at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

While conducting a routine boarding of a fishing vessel, Moray crewmembers noticed a lobster buoy moving erratically in the water near the Moray's small boat.

The crew pulled alongside the buoy and noticed a sea turtle entangled in the line and unable to swim away or dive.

Moray's crew safely freed the turtle and it was able to swim away unharmed.

"As soon as the crew realized it was a turtle in distress, they shifted gears immediately from law-enforcement to living marine resources," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Koch, officer in charge of the Moray. "They accomplished the mission quickly and safely, and it was rewarding for us to watch the turtle swim off."

The Moray is an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Jonesport, Maine.


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