Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Coast Guard rescues sea turtle trapped in almost a ton of cocaine

A sea turtle was rescued by US Coast Guard officials after they discovered it floating in the Eastern Pacific Ocean attached to more than 1,800 pounds of cocaine. Officials aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis came across the turtle in international waters on November 19th while on a 68-day patrol that ended on Saturday. Crew members spotted a 'debris field' and launched a small boat to investigate - only to find drug packages surrounding the entangled sea turtle.

Crew members were able to cut lines from around the turtle's neck and eventually freed the animal.
While in the Eastern Pacific, Thetis helped seize 14,892 pounds (6,755kg) of cocaine in eight interdictions that led to the arrests of 24 smugglers.