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Army rescues adorable turtle off the Maltese coast

The Armed Forces of Malta are used to saving lives on an almost daily basis.

And now they’ve rescued a turtle after it was spotted in trouble off the Maltese coast.

A naval patrol boat was sent to help the creature after a member of the public reported seeing it in distress in the sea near Xghajra.

It was then handed over to wildlife specialists at Nature Trust Malta.

A spokesman for Nature Trust told 89.7 Bay: ‘Although the turtle was found entangled in marine debris, this was not pulled or cut by the rescue team which was the correct procedure.

‘When lines are pulled, they can cause tears and lacerations in important organs that may cause the turtle to suffer a painful death.’

The turtle has been named Steph, after her rescuer Stephanie Sant.

Nature Trust thanked the Armed Forces of Malta for their help.

How you can save a turtle’s life in Malta

If you spot a turtle in distress or danger, call Nature Trust Malta on 9999 9505.

If you possibly can, cover it with a wet towel and keep it out of the direct sunlight.

It’s never ideal to rescue or free the turtle yourself, as you might make its injuries far worse.

When turtles are released back into the sea without proper care and rehabilitation, they usually die from their injuries.