Coast Guard and Center for Coastal Studies Team Up to Rescue Turtle

Coast Guard rescuing tangled leatherneck turtle.

Coast Guard rescuing tangled leatherneck turtle. Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

QUICKS HOLE – Coast Guard response crews partnered with the Center for Coastal Studies to free a leatherback turtle Friday after it was entangled in lines near Quicks Hole.

A fishing vessel, the Laura C, spotted the turtle in distress and notified Watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston.

A crew launched from Station Woods Hole along with a member of the Center for Coastal Studies and released the turtle from the line.

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“This case really highlights the value of our marine partnerships,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Sheldon Schaffer. ”

Schaffer said the key to this rescue was the Coast Guard’s ability to respond quickly, combined with the Center for Coastal Studies’ specialized knowledge of marine life.