Boy leads effort to free hooked turtle

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) -- A 10-year-old boy visiting from Washington state is credited for rescuing a turtle ensnared by a fishing line off the Big Island.

Dylan Hiatt told West Hawaii Today (http://bit.ly/rJZAgF) he was snorkeling Sunday at Kahaluu Beach Park when he discovered a turtle with a hook caught in its fin. Dylan, of Woodinville, Wash., says he dove about 10 feet below the surface to try and free it.

After loosening the turtle from the line, the boy and his grandmother brought the animal to shore.

When they got to the beach, other bystanders joined them in attempting to pry the hook out. The group eventually decided to leave the hook and allow it to disintegrate on its own.

A Hawaii Fire Department official says the turtle was able to swim away.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, http://www.westhawaiitoday.com