My friend and I realized this turtle was not moving through the water. It was tangled in fishing line, hooks and sinkers.
The turtle couldn’t break free from the tangled mess.
Taking some discarded fishing line, a couple of hooks I found in the trash along the shore line and some sinkers we also found, my friend made a “fishing rig”.
Then he quite expertly hand cast the line past the turtle and hauled the line in with the turtle snagged in his rig.
After wading ashore my friend and I worked the fishing lines off and removed the hooks and weights.
We sat the turtle down at the edge of the water and waited.
The turtle poked his head out and up. The right front foot reached out and then the left front foot. Soon followed by the hind feet and tail.
Realizing he was free the turtle scooted into the waves and was gone. We were glad to see him go! See the video below the photo for the turtle release.