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Concerned passersby rescued a turtle which had fallen into an open tomb in the Choc Cemetery Tuesday morning, it has been reported.

An eyewitness told St Lucia Times that a man who was walking in the Vigie beach area spotted the turtle about 6. am and immediately summoned others to try to get the creature out.

According to the eyewitness, several persons responded, at least two of whom had ropes in their vehicles.

They used sticks to lower the ropes into the open tomb and under the stranded turtle before raising it out of the tomb and directing it to the sea.

“It was a very big turtle – almost four feet long and two feet wide,” the eyewitness told St Lucia Times.

Last month, Castries Constituency Council (CCC) workers summoned officials of the Fisheries Department to rescue a Hawksbill turtle which had fallen down a slope in the same area.

In a previous incident, another turtle had fallen on its back in an open tomb.

This has prompted calls for the CCC to do something about the open tombs at the Choc Cemetery, since persons have said that they pose a threat to both nesting turtles and to humans who may visit the area.

One of the individuals involved in the latest turtle rescue asserted that people visit the cemetery to look after the tombs of their late loved ones and could inadvertently fall into one of the open tombs.

 

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