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Video: Maine lobstermen rescue seal pup entangled in fishing gear

Jeremy Willey, 37, a fourth-generation lobsterman born and raised in Owls Head, was fishing about 10 to 12 miles south of Matinicus Rock when he spotted a seal floating in some ground fishing gear last Friday (Courtesy: Krystal Gamage)

OWLS HEAD, Maine (WGME) - Two Maine lobstermen came to the rescue of a young seal that became tangled in some fishing gear last week.

Jeremy Willey, 37, a fourth-generation lobsterman born and raised in Owls Head, was fishing about 10 to 12 miles south of Matinicus Rock when he spotted a seal floating in some ground fishing gear last Friday, according to Krystal Gamage, Willey’s girlfriend.

Willey and his sternman, Jeffrey Door, 36, of Union, pulled the seal aboard, according to Gamage.

Gamage later posted the video of the rescue on Facebook. The post has more than 1 million views and 20,000 shares.

After pulling the seal on board their boat, Willey cut away the rope, which was wrapped around the seal’s neck.

After a couple of minutes, the seal was free.

“There you go, buddy,” Willey said before he lowered the seal into the water. The seal popped its head up to look at its surroundings before swimming away.

Gamage says Willey believes the seal was only pup and weighed roughly 25 pounds.

Nick McCrea with the Bangor Daily News contributed to this report.


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