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Lifeguard jumps from Kill Devil Hills pier, rescues sea turtle entangled in debris

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KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. — A Loggerhead sea turtle was rescued over the weekend thanks to the heroics of Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Director Dave Elder, according to WTKR.

The turtle was spotted by people on the Avalon Pier entangled in a mass of netting and a discarded plastic bottle of antifreeze, according to the Avalon Pier’s Facebook page.

Elder dove off the end of the 700-foot pier and swam about 150 yards to save the turtle.

Once the turtle was brought ashore, the netting was cut away and the turtle was transported to the new Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.


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