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Coast Guard Frees Trapped Turtle In Montauk Harbor

Trapped Turtle (credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Sand.)

Trapped Turtle (credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katie Sand.)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Coast Guard crew conducting training exercises near Montauk Harbor on Long Island has rescued a 5-foot sea turtle that was tangled in a buoy line.

The crew was informed of the trapped turtle by the sailing vessel Summer Wind, which radioed the Coast Guard boat after it spotted the animal three miles south of Montauk Harbor.

The sea turtle was set free Wednesday afternoon when the crew cut and untwisted the line and buoys from around the turtle’s neck and two front flippers.

Assisting the Coast Guard was a biologist from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

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