A sea turtle trapped in shark nets off-shore of Vetch’s Beach, Durban, was freed by NSRI Durban today, 24 August.
The almost lifeless sea turtle was transported to uShaka World in Durban and it is hoped it will make a full recovery.
Ian Livemore, NSRI Durban duty coxswain, said at 7.54 am NSRI Durban were contacted by Police Search and Rescue about the turtle. The Sharks Board was contacted and it requested the NSRI’s assistance.
“We launched our sea rescue craft and on arrival we freed the entrapped sea turtle but it appeared to be lifeless. “We brought the sea turtle to our sea rescue base and unsure of the situation we applied blankets to the turtle to see if it would warm up but these efforts appeared futile.”
“The Sharks Board dispatched a member to collect the sea turtle but when he arrived the sea turtle began to show signs of life by moving its legs.
“Marine vets at uShaka World are continuing treatment to try to save the sea turtle. While the turtle appears to be recovering it is believed it may only be known in a day or two’s time if it will pull through.”
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