Firefighters Rescue Drowning Deer From Frozen Lake In Kansas
Firefighters in Kansas were called to assist sheriff's deputies with the rescue of a deer that managed to fall into the ice-cold waters of a frozen lake located in the town of Edgerton.
Fire District #1 Of Johnson County revealed on Facebook that crews were called to the lake by the Johnson County Government Emergency Communications Centre after the Johnson County Sheriff's Assistance requested help rescuing the scared animal, which was stranded about 50 feet from shore.
The property owner told rescuers the deer had been stuck in the freezing water for around 20 minutes.
"Crews put on specialised ice rescue suits to begin rescuing the deer," a statement on Facebook read.
"Crew members were met with 1-inch thick ice while making their way to the deer.
"Once the crew members made contact with the deer, they began making their way back to the shoreline with the deer in hand.
"The deer remained calm during the entire rescue. The deer was warmed up with blankets and then moved to a sunny area.
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"Once the deer was warm enough, it eventually jumped back up and took off running with no injuries."
They added: "Although this was a positive outcome for this deer, it's still a reminder for us land-dwellers to use extra caution whenever near-frozen water."
It's not the first time an unlucky deer has found itself in a spot of trouble when it comes to Kansas' freezing lakes.
Last year, firefighters were called to assist with the rescue of another deer after it fell into an icy lake in Olathe on January 20.
The Kansas City Star said the deer fell through thin ice about 35 yards out onto Lake Olathe.
Video posted by the Olathe Fire Department at the time showed two firefighters in thermal gear pulling the deer by a rope towards the bank. Once back on dry land, the deer was able to head off to safety.
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