MONTAUK, N.Y.--The Coast Guard station in Montauk, New York made a heroic rescue on Monday.
A leatherback sea turtle got caught in a lobster trap line in Fort Pond Bay around 1:30 p.m., and crew members from the fishing vessel Captain Ron called for assistance with the rescue. Leatherbacks are the largest turtles and have an oily feeling shell.
The Coast Guard boat crew that responded on a 25-foot response boat was able to cut the line and free the turtle, which showed no signs of injury. The turtle swam away.
“The turtle would have most likely died if the crew did not respond to assist,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Foster, a crew member at Coast Guard Station Montauk. “The line was around the turtle’s neck and fin and was getting tighter. We are glad we were able to execute the mission safely and release the trapped turtle quickly.”