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Thursday 29 June 2017

Sea lion caught in fishing gear hops on boat

A sea lion hitches a ride on a US Coast Guard boat crew off the coast of Newport Beach. (US Coast Guard/AP)
A sea lion hitches a ride on a US Coast Guard boat crew off the coast of Newport Beach. (US Coast Guard/AP)

A young sea lion was so happy to be rescued after getting hooked by fishing gear off Southern California, it jumped into a Coast Guard boat.

The Coast Guard said a Los Angeles-area crew on patrol pulled the sea lion free on Saturday near Newport Harbour.

Officials say after a little persuasion, the sea lion hopped aboard the boat and posed for photos.

The animal was handed to a crew from the Pacific Marine Mammal Centre, which brought the sea lion to its rescue facility.

It will be rehabilitated and eventually released back into the wild.

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