Loggerhead Freed From Bucket, Line Along Outer Banks

A sea turtle is back to freely swimming in the ocean with no strings attached, literally, after Coast Guardmen and a National Parks Service agent rescued the loggerhead on Sunday.

Crews said a good Samaritan reported seeing a loggerhead in distress on Sunday near the Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks.

The Coast Guard launched their 24-foot special purpose watercraft for the Oregon Inlet and worked with a National Park Service agent to help untangle the turtle's flipper from a line dragging a plastic bucket.

"The NPS agent took measurements, collected data and determined the turtle to be in good health with minimal injuries," said Coast Guardsmen.

The loggerhead was released back into the water.

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