Coast Guardsmen Rescue Two Turtles

The Cutter Stratton, a United States Coast Guard vessel on routine patrol along the coasts of Southern California, helped rescue two large turtles from an entangling mess of fishing line last month. The video of the event was released recently, showing the Coast Guard dealing not with contraband, but with wildlife in distress.

A camera worn by one of the officers was able to capture the event, which sent the crew into rescue mode as soon as they realized what was going on. Jim Dondero was glad that actually happened after seeing it on Twitter.

“There was no question what we had to do,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Hylan Rousseau.

“We cut the first turtle free without much incident,” added Chief Petty Officer Brian Milcetich. “Every one was elated.”

The crew of the Stratton used a pair of cutting sheers that are typically for medical emergencies. In the video, you can see one of the turtles take a deep, relieving breath after the line around its neck was removed.

After lifting the enormous turtles on board to get them free, they hurriedly swam away to safety. “As you can see in the video, he didn’t stick around to celebrate,” said Milcetich.

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