Coast Guard untangles sea turtle near Gloucester Point, Va.

A sea turtle, which was caught in a fishing net in the mouth of the York River near Gloucester Point, Va., is brought aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven, Va., after crewmembers freed it Oct. 31, 2010.PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard untangled a sea turtle, which was caught in a fishing net, in the mouth of the York River near Gloucester Point Sunday.

The turtle was spotted by a local boater, who had his anchor fouled in the net before noticing the turtle.

The boater called the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team for information on what to do. The response team asked the boater to hold the turtle next to his boat until the team could arrive on scene.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a call at 4:50 p.m. from a member of the response team asking for Coast Guard assistance with the recovery.

A crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven was launched to assist at 5:10 p.m. and arrived on scene at 6:15 p.m.

The crew cut away enough of the net to haul the turtle aboard and then transported it to the Gloucester Point boat ramp transferring it to the response team.

The response team then took the turtle to the Virginia Aquarium for injury assessment and rehabilitation.

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