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Loggerhead Turtle Rescued After Being Hit by Boat

An injured loggerhead turtle is recovering after being hit by a boat.

A boater called Pompano Beach Ocean Rescue on Tuesday after finding the severely injured turtle in the Intracoastal waterway.

The boater brought the turtle to the Sands Harbor Marina at 125 North Riverside Drive.

Ocean Rescue's Lt. Tom O'Neill and lifeguard Lesley Shahan responded to the scene and found the 200-pound loggerhead turtle had likely been hit by a boat propeller, suffering several gashes through its shell which were compromising its lungs.

Lifeguards provided oxygen with a pediatric mask and sprayed the turtle with water to keep it moist.

The injured turtle was placed on a backboard and transported to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton for surgery.

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