Courageous Coast Guard rescues trapped turtle in Montauk

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MONTAUK N.Y. -- The Montauk Coast Guard heroically freed a large turtle from a lobster trap on Monday.

At around 1:30 p.m., members of the Coast Guard received a call for help from the fishing boat Captain Ron, saying a Leatherback turtle was caught in a lobster trap in Fort Pond Bay.

A crew arrived shortly and managed to cut the line and return the turtle to freedom.

“The turtle would have most likely died if the crew did not respond to assist,” said Matthew Foster, a crewmember at the Montauk station.

“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.”