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Sea turtle saved from drain in Lihue

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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaiian green sea turtle has been rescued from a storm drain in Lihue.

The Garden Island reports that biologist Don Heacock worked with Department of Transportation employees Friday morning to rescue the animal, which was secured with a rope and lifted from the drain by a forklift. The turtle was found underweight and slightly injured.

Heacock says a group of children had first spotted the sea turtle in the drain Thursday night. He says the young turtle, estimated to be 32 inches long, may have been stuck since Christmas.

The sea turtle was tagged and driven to Kalapaki Beach, where it was released into the water.

Heacock says Friday's rescue was a rare occurrence, and that installing flapper valves would help prevent them from becoming more common.

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