Turtle in trouble: Man dives off the end of a 700-foot pier to rescue an entangled sea turtle

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NORTH CAROLINA (WITI) — A sea turtle was rescued this weekend after it was spotted entangled in a mass of netting and a discarded plastic bottle of antifreeze. News Channel 3, WTKR reports a man actually jumped into the water to come to the turtle’s aid.

It happened near Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

According to the Avalon Pier’s Facebook page, people spotted the blue bottle attached to the 85-lb. turtle and then made a call to Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue.

Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Director Dave Elder dove off the end of the 700-foot pier and swam about 150 yards to rescue the turtle, according to News Channel 3 WTKR.

After the turtle was brought to shore, the debris was cut away and the the turtle was transported to the new Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

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