Lifeguard jumps off pier to save animal in need

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WTKR) – A lifeguard near the Avalon Pier in North Carolina dove into the water to save a life.

It wasn’t a human in need of rescuing; instead, it was a turtle.

The Loggerhead sea turtle was found entangled in a cord and a discarded bottle of antifreeze.

Dave Elder, the Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue director, dove off the pier and swam about 150 yards south to rescue the turtle.

After bringing the animal to shore, Elder worked to cut the debris away and handed him over to the Seat Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center.