Emergency crews wrestle deer from icy river
Ice near the river's edge was only 2.5cm thick
Posted: Dec 13, 2012 12:12 PM ET
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2012 12:27 PM ET
A report that someone may have gone through the ice sent emergency crews speeding to the Kam River in Thunder Bay Thursday morning — however that someone was a deer.After rescuing the deer from the Kam River, firefighters carried the doe up to a treed area where they could warm her up further with blankets. (Jeff Walters/CBC)
Shortly 9 a.m. a call came in to the fire department for an ice rescue by the James Street swing bridge.
A man at the scene told CBC News his daughter had spotted a hole in the ice as she rode to school in a school bus that crossed over the bridge.
Thunder Bay Police said the girl texted her mother, who then alerted them.
Crews arrived to find a deer had fallen through the ice, just a couple metres from shore.Thunder Bay firefighter Dan Fotheringham warms up the rescued doe with blankets. (Jeff Walters/CBC)
‘A bit of work for the guys’
The captain at the Brown Street Fire Station said it was more difficult to get to the river's edge than to pull out the deer.
"Ah, the bank's very slippery [and] the water's cold,” Chris Beaucage said.
“One of the guy's suits leaked, so he's a little bit wet, so it was a bit of work for the guys."
Firefighters carried the deer up the bank, and warmed it with blankets.
The ice along the riverbank is only about an inch thick.
Beaucage noted rescuers usually “pull a deer out of the water once or twice a year.”
“They seem to try to get across the river here to the other side, and end up going in,” he said.
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