4th of July Rescue

posted: July 5, 2024, 11:54 AM

Our stranding team got several calls on July 4 regarding a sea turtle in the surf off of out beach. Upon responding, "Stranding Team Tucker" observed the turtle in obvious distress. With the help of many beachgoers, they were able to bring the turtle to shore. The turtle was taken to the The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City. She had a shallow heartbeat when she got to the hospital. The staff at the Turtle Hospital worked hard to resuscitate her and did blood work. Was underweight. Sadly, she passed away overnight. She was safe, peaceful and comfortable.

Thanks to all who helped by loaning towels and shade. Also, thanks to the many who offered help, carried water to keep her cool and helped lift her onto our UTV. A special thank you to the surfer who loaned the surfboard and helped with the rescue.

Thanks to the whole Holden Beach community who helped! Cheers to our stranding team for their hard work on the holiday and to the folks at the Turtle Hospital.

Thanks to those who called. Please remember if you see a sea turtle on Holden Beach, please call our Stranding Team hotline. 910-75-0766.

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