Coast Guard, North Carolina Aquarium release turtles offshore Cape Henry, Va.

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Heron work together to lift a sea turtle out of its transport container offshore Cape Henry, Virginia, Nov. 18, 2018. The crew of the Heron and members of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island worked together to release 14 rehabilitated sea turtles into warmer waters. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Jaime Brady)

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Heron work together to lift a sea turtle out of its transport container offshore Cape Henry, Virginia, Nov. 18, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Jaime Brady)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard released 14 sea turtles 70 miles southeast of Cape Henry, Virginia, Sunday.

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Heron worked with members of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in Manteo, North Carolina, to release the rehabilitated sea turtles that were “cold stunned” due to decreasing water temperatures.

“The Coast Guard is a humanitarian service,” said Lt. j.g. Jaime Brady, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Heron. “Not only do we rescue human lives, it is also our mission to protect the lives of marine animals. It was an honor to be a part of this sea turtle rehabilitation.”

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