Rescued sea turtle on the road to recovery

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A Sea turtle rescued by Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, May 14, 2018. The injured turtle was found by a good Samaritan who called the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class Brandyn Napolitano)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WAVY) – An injured sea turtle is on the road to recovery thanks to the Coast Guard, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (WRC) and a good Samaritan.

The crew on the fishing boat Lady Lisa found a small sea turtle Monday with a hook in its mouth and an injured fin and notified watchstanders at Station Wrightsville Beach.

The turtle was transferred to the Coast Guard boat that responded, then the WRC took custody of the injured reptile.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City is taking care of it now.

Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach crewmembers hold a sea turtle they helped to rescue near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, May 14, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class Brandyn Napolitano)

“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 Cmdr. Matt Moorlag, the Sector North Carolina deputy sector commander.  “The boating public plays a vital role in the conservation of our protected species.”    

A Sea turtle rescued by Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, May 14, 2018. The injured turtle was found by a good Samaritan who called the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd class Brandyn Napolitano)

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