WATCH: Jacksonville deputies rescue 9-foot sea turtle

JACKSONVILLE, FL (NBC) — Deputies boating off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday afternoon made an unusual rescue.

Two off-duty Jacksonville Sheriff’s deputies saved a leatherback sea turtle that had become entangled in a crab trap line.

The officers were about two-miles off shore when they spotted the 9-foot turtle in distress.

The crab trap’s rope was looped around the turtle’s neck and a buoy was still attached to the trap – tightening every time the turtle tried to dive.

One of the deputies was able to disentangle the trap while keeping the turtle in the water, saving its life. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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