Coast Guard: Sea Turtle Stuck in Fishing Line Freed

A Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba crewmember frees an entangled Leatherback sea turtle from fishing gear while on patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Escanaba's crew spotted and freed four Leatherback sea turtles during the patrol. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba crewmember frees an entangled Leatherback sea turtle from fishing gear while on patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Escanaba's crew spotted and freed four Leatherback sea turtles during the patrol. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

FALMOUTH, Mass. — The Coast Guard and local marine specialists have freed a leatherback sea turtle that was entangled in fishing line off the coast of Cape Cod.

Coast Guard officials say they were notified around 8:15 a.m. Sunday that a turtle was wrapped in line from a lobster pot near Woods Hole.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot rescue boat from Station Woods Hole with a crew including two entanglement specialists from the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies. The turtle was freed by 9:15 a.m.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Kurt Chlebek says the turtle swam away and appeared to be in good health.

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