Raccoon stranded at sea rescued by police, wildlife officials
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.
The raccoon was eventually contained in a cooler and released on land.