While cops are frequently called to help people in distress, some of them also go the extra mile for animals in need.
Below, Lt. Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville, FL, were recorded saving a leatherback sea turtle during a boating outing with Fish Hunter Charters. The massive turtle (the officers estimate he was about 8- or 9-feet-long) was stuck in a crab trap and “exhausted” from the struggle two miles off the shore.
“The trap’s rope was looped around the sea turtle’s neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office explains in its Facebook video of the rescue. (Fish Hunter Charters also shared the video on its YouTube page.) “Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.”
Lt. Mullen, who is the one running the fishing company, successfully cut the crab trap and the turtle quickly swam away showing that he luckily wasn’t hurt from the terrifying ordeal.
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