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Rescue crews free entangled 800-lb. leatherback turtle

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Rescuers came to the aid of a large leatherback turtle that became entangled in fishing gear this weekend off the southern New Jersey coast.

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The approximately 800-pound turtle was spotted Saturday by a good Samaritan aboard a recreational fishing boat, who notified the Coast Guard and provided them with the GPS coordinates for the turtle’s location.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City took a representative from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine to a 45-foot Response Boat operated by a crew from the Coast Guard’s Cape May station.

That boat soon located and freed the entangled turtle without incident.

 

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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