Coast Guard crews assist entangled Leatherback sea turtle

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — A Coast Guard Station Provincetown, Mass., 25-Foot Defender Class Boat crew assisted in disentangling a Leatherback sea turtle near Truro, Mass., Monday.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received a report from a Good Samaritan stating he found an entangled sea turtle in lobster gear near Truro at approximately 1:40 p.m. Monday.

A Station Provincetown rescue crew was launched and assisted Massachusetts Environmental Police and Provincetown Center for Costal Studies personnel to free the turtle.

The tangled Leatheback sea turtle was freed within 20 minutes after arriving on scene.

“It was a successful interagency response,” said Chief Warrant Officer James Deal, a Sector Southeastern New England situation unit manager. “We responded quickly with our local agencies to free the sea turtle as quickly as possible.”

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