‘They’re alive, we have to rescue them’: Incredible moment two brothers save four distressed sea turtles wrapped in plastic after spotting them in ocean
- Magnus and Sverre Wiig spotted the four turtles struggling in the Pacific Ocean
- Brothers are travelling the world and currently in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
- Sea turtles had nets wrapped around heads and flippers before being cut free
This is the incredible moment two brothers help rescue four sea turtles who have become twisted and stuck in plastic while in the Pacific Ocean.
Magnus and Sverre Wiig, who are traveling the world and currently in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, spotted the distressed sea turtles in fishing nets while out at sea.
They steer the boat towards the animals and Sverre, who is filming, can be heard saying: ‘They’re alive Magnus. We have to save them.’
One of the brothers then jumps into a small grey dinghy and uses a pole to pull in the collection of plastic that the turtles are stuck in.
Magnus and Sverre Wiig spotted the turtles stuck in plastic while out on their boat in the Pacific Ocean
The first turtle is relatively easy to set free from the yellow net and collection of plastic bottles and quickly swims away after a few snips.
The second sea turtle proves slightly trickier with the rope wrapped under its flippers and the Norwegian sailor having to lean further out of the boat to free it.
He then pulls in the next turtle and rests its on the side of the dinghy but it slips back into the water.
The sailor quickly gets it back and continues helping it, being careful when using the scissors by its neck and flippers.
Luckily the brothers spot a surprise fourth turtle further out before they end the rescue mission but the sailor has to pull on the string it is attached too to get it close.
Magnus uses scissors to snip the sea turtles free from the plastic being careful not to cut them
One of the turtles is badly tangled and has plastic twisted around his neck making it hard for him to breathe
The man says ‘this one’s going to fight’ as the scared turtle who is ‘struggling to breathe’ splashes around in the water.
The rope is badly tangled around its body but before the sailor can finish it falls back into the water and needs to be pulled up once more to be completely freed.
After the rescue the boat is filled with yellow plastic and the brothers say it’s ‘like a horror movie’ having to rescue the animals.
Once Magnus and Sverre are both back on the boat they talk about what’s just happened and smile as they’ve managed to save all four.
After the rescue Magnus (pictured) said it was ‘his duty’ to save the distressed animals
When asked how he felt rescuing the sea turtles, Magnus says: ‘It feels like it’s my duty. As a sailor it had to be done.
‘I thought it would be some trash we could pick up and I see those sea turtles, that are probably dead, but then they started to breath.
‘I got this maternal bond. Especially when the last one was gasping to get air, it was like i could hear him scream “help me”.’
The full video of the rescue can be seen on the brothers’ Youtube channel.