Clinton Deane just might have saved Jack the sea turtle's life.
While swimming in the ocean with his kids between 65th Avenue North and 66th Avenue North on Friday afternoon, the vacationing Maryland resident noticed a large sea turtle floundering as it struggled through the waves. Believing that the turtle likely wasn't going to survive the situation, Deane ushered it to shore, where authorities are working to help the injured marine animal.
"It wasn't going to make it out there, so hopefully it will make it here," said Deane, whose daughter named the turtle Jack following the rescue.
Around 5 p.m. lifeguards noticed a commotion and a group gathering at the ocean's fringe.
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"We saw a group of people around what looked like a dark spot, basically," said Skyler Nuelle, who's been a lifeguard here for about a month. "We just wanted to stop and check it out and see what it was and when we went over we saw it was an injured sea turtle."
Authorities were notified and Myrtle Beach police and Myrtle Beach Fire Department personnel were the first on scene. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was en route to assist.
According to Myrtle Beach resident Alexis Elliott, a bystander, the sea turtle was in bad shape.
"The poor little guy, he doesn't even have one of his back legs and one of his front fins is jacked up," she said.
"It sucks. It's obviously in really bad shape," said Deane, who said he lived here for six years from 1999-2005.
However, the actions of Deane and Co. at least gave the sea turtle a chance.
"He looks like he's gaining strength," Elliott said. "I hope he'll be OK."