A crew from Coast Guard Station Menemsha Sunday came to the rescue of a leatherback turtle entangled in fishing gear south of Cuttyhunk.

According to the Coast Guard, a fisherman contacted station Menemsha at 12:30 p.m. Sunday after seeing the turtle entangled in a lobster pot.

A 29-foot response boat crew responded to the scene along with Bret Stearns, conservation officer for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

The large turtle was freed and swam away.

Leatherback sea turtles are the largest living turtle. Adult turtles can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and measure up between four and eight feet long. Leatherback turtles were listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 1970.