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2 Jacksonville officers save sea turtle

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Posted at 5:17 AM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 15:47:39-05
Two off-duty Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputies saved a Leatherback Sea Turtle that had become entangled in a crab trap. 
 
Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park yesterday afternoon and noticed the nine-foot sea turtle in distress. The crab trap's rope was looped around the turtle's neck and a buoy was still attached to the trap - tightening every time the turtle tried to dive.
 
Lt. Mullen was able to disentangle the trap while keeping the turtle in the water, saving its life.
 

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