Despite the long ordeal, the fish had been found in time and appeared to have a fighting chance of continued survival. So, after righting the litterbug's wrong as best as he could, Turnbull returned his catch to the river.
"I put the fish into the water; it darted out of my hands and took off to hopefully a better life," he said.
Those who fail to properly dispose of waste, even the most benign-seeming pieces, will likely never see the impact their actions have down the line. But Turnbull hopes others will be inspired to change their behavior after learning of this fish's struggle — and even help by picking up litter that they see. Sometimes, the smallest gestures can make the biggest difference:
"I'm just glad I could save this one fish," Turnbull said.