Florida deputies rescue 144-pound sea turtle hit by boat

Deputies rescue 144-pound sea turtle that was struck by boat

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A 144-pound green sea turtle is recovering after it was struck by a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway in South Florida, officials said.

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office shared the rescue of turtle in a Facebook post Tuesday. A fisherman called deputies Sunday to report a large injured sea turtle, TCPalm reported. The fisherman said he noticed the turtle had a cut across its shell, the website reported.

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Over the weekend we responded to channel marker 130 in the intercoastal waterway in reference to a large injured sea...

Posted by Indian River County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A marine unit of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office used a large net to capture the turtle, which was transported to a nearby fire station, the Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook.

The turtle was then transported south to a Loggerhead Marinelife Center rescue facility in Juno Beach.

Employees at the center nicknamed the turtle "Blaze," Lauren Eissey, a spokeswoman for the center, told TCPalm.

"The turtle is floating due to a large amount of gas in its intestines," Eissey told the website. "There is evidence of unintended boat strikes that have caused some nerve damage."