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800-Pound Turtle Freed From Lobster Trap In East Hampton

Members of U.S. Coast Guard and Riverhead Foundation free 800-pound sea turtle. (credit: Riverhead Foundation/Facebook)

Members of U.S. Coast Guard and Riverhead Foundation free 800-pound sea turtle. (credit: Riverhead Foundation/Facebook)

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EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – An 800-pound Leatherback sea turtle that became entangled in a lobster trap in East Hampton has been set free.

The 5-foot-long reptile got entangled off Gardiners Island around 3 p.m. Sunday.

Scientists from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation responded after getting a call from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The turtle quickly dove under the water and swam away one it was freed from the lobster trap, the Riverhead Foundation said.

The members of the Coast Guard that assisted with the rescued nicknamed the turtle “Oriskany,” a U.S. aircraft carrier that was sunk in May 2006 and is now an artificial reef, the Riverhead Foundation said.

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