Saskatchewan

Swift Current, Sask., firefighters save deer from icy fate

When a young deer fell through the ice in Swift Current on Monday, the city's firefighters came to her rescue.

After being warmed up for about 45 minutes, the doe bounded away

Swift Current firefighters rescued this deer from freezing water after it fell through the ice on Monday. (Swift Current Fire Department/Facebook)

When a young deer fell through the ice in Swift Current on Monday, the city's firefighters came to her rescue.

Crews went to work after receiving reports about the incident on the creek at South Railway St. East in the southwestern Saskatchewan city. 

Two firefighters crawled out onto the ice with a rope tethering them to shore, and grappled with the wriggling doe.

After about 45 minutes of being covered in blankets to warm up, we removed the blankets and she jumped up and ran off.- Swift Current Fire Department

Other rescuers helped guide them back with their patient.

"Within 10 minutes, we had her out and started to warm her," the fire department said on its Facebook page.

"After about 45 minutes of being covered in blankets to warm up, we removed the blankets and she jumped up and ran off."

Later in the morning, the kudos to the rescuers were rolling in.

"That's a great story," Carollyn Lofgren Meginbir said in a Facebook comment. 

"Thanks for all you do to keep our communities safe. (Hoping that kids take note to stay off the ice. It obviously doesn't take much weight to go through)."

It has been a milder-than-usual winter in southern Saskatchewan. A doe found out the hard way that the ice on rivers and creeks is thinner than normal. (Swift Current Fire Department/Facebook)
The deer was tired after thrashing around in the water, firefighters said. (Swift Current Fire Department/Facebook)
Still too weak to walk, the little deer was wrapped up in clothing and blankets. (Swift Current Fire Department/CBC)
After about 45 minutes of warming up, the deer was feeling better. It got up and off it went. (Swift Current Fire Department/Facebook)

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