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Raccoon stranded at sea rescued by police, wildlife officials

Raccoon stranded at sea rescued by police, wildlife officials

A raccoon stranded on a channel marker in Sarasota waters was rescued on Wednesday through a joint effort by the Sarasota Police Department, Mote Marine Laboratory, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Longboat Key Police Department.
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A raccoon stranded on a channel marker in Sarasota waters was rescued on Wednesday through a joint effort by the Sarasota Police Department, Mote Marine Laboratory, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Longboat Key Police Department.

A seafaring Florida raccoon found itself in a predicament on Wednesday.

The plucky little land mammal became stranded on a channel marker in Sarasota waters, according to the Sarasota Police Department.

The department’s marine patrol unit received a request for help from Mote Marine Lab workers who noticed the stranded raccoon around 12:15 p.m. while aiding an injured turtle.

The marine patrol coordinated a rescue effort with Mote Marine, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Longboat Key Police Department.

The raccoon was scooped off of its perch by a state wildlife official with a fishing net, a video of the dramatic rescue shows.

Then, it jumped ship and had to be re-rescued from the water.

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Sarasota Police Department

The raccoon was eventually contained in a cooler and released on land.

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