Coast Guard Cutter Cushing crew helps release 130 turtles

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan W. Kwedar's son, Peyton, stands aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing near rehabilitated sea turtles about to be released Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. The crew of the cutter Cushing assisted the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission with the rescue of 130 sea turtles from cold water shock, then released them into warmer Gulf Stream waters. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan W. Kwedar’s son, Peyton, stands aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing near rehabilitated sea turtles about to be released Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton)

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. — The Coast Guard assisted with the release of 130 sea turtles Thursday into Gulf Stream waters off the Outer Banks.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing, along with their family members, assisted North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission personnel in releasing the sea turtles.

The rehabilitated sea turtles were among many that experienced cold-water shock along the North Carolina coast in recent weeks. Cushing crew members assisted with the rescue of many of the cold-water shocked turtles last week.

“We got word about a week ago that turtles were stranded and they were freezing,” said Fireman Anthony C. Williams. “We partnered with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources commission to assist. Just as we protect people, we protect sea life.”

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