Coast Guard, NC Wildlife Resource Commission and good Samaritan rescue sea turtle

Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach crewmembers hold a sea turtle they helped to rescue near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, May 14, 2018. The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and a good Samaritan assisted in the rescue. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class Brandyn Napolitano)

Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach crewmembers hold a sea turtle they helped to rescue near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, May 14, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class Brandyn Napolitano)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and a good Samaritan rescued an injured sea turtle on Monday, less than a mile off Wrightsville Beach.

The 75-foot fishing boat Lady Lisa contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach and notified them that they found a small sea turtle with a hook in its mouth and an injured fin.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina’s command center dispatched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Wrightsville Beach, accompanied by a representative from the WRC.

Once on scene, the good Samaritan transferred the turtle to the Coast Guard boat, where the WRC representative took custody.

The turtle was transported to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City.

“Due to the Lady Lisa’s quick action, authorities were able to transport this injured sea turtle to a facility where it can receive the care it needs,” said Cmdr. Matt Moorlag, the Sector North Carolina deputy sector commander. “The boating public plays a vital role in the conservation of our protected species.”

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