WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (WNCN) - A boater and others saved a sea turtle that had a hook in its mouth and an injured fin on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The incident began when a person aboard the 75-foot fishing boat "Lady Lisa" contacted the Coast Guard at Wrightsville Beach about the injured turtle.
A 45-foot boat and Coast Guard crew was launched from Wrightsville Beach along with a representative from the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard crew met the fishing boat at sea and brought the turtle to shore for help.
The turtle is being treated at The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City.
“Due to the Lady Lisa’s quick action, authorities were able to transport this injured sea turtle to a facility where it can receive the care it needs,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Matt Moorlag. “The boating public plays a vital role in the conservation of our protected species.”
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