Beck knew he couldn't simply leave the turtle on his own. "My kids were on a banana boat ride when the driver of the jet ski that was pulling them saw this turtle in need of help," Dalan Savage wrote in a Facebook comment about the rescue. "This man quickly turned off the jet ski, dove into the water, [grabbed] this turtle and brought the turtle back to shore."
Beck was cut up by barnacles on the turtle's shell, but didn't let that deter him from helping out.
Linda Hermann, who happened to be visiting the beach that day, managed to capture pictures of the rescue.
"From the looks of the turtle's back and the pole, that turtle had been dragging that pole around for several weeks, if not more," Hermann told local outlet The Destin Log. Once the turtle was cut free, he was released and swam back out into the sea.