Mastic Beach FD Saves Distressed Deer Trapped on Ice
By JOHN WALTHERS, Senior Correspondent | January 23, 2022 | NEW YORK
Story No. 012322104
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosA rescue swimmer carrying a freezing cold deer to shore after rescuing it from the Ice at Smith Point Park On January 23rd.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosA rescue swimmer assists a deer in distress on the ice at Smith Point Park.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosThe rescue swimmer and deer are pulled in after an ice rescue at Smith Point Park.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosThe Rescue Swimmer and the Deer are pulled in after an ice rescue at Smith Point Park.
Photo by John Walthers- Suffolk Fire PhotosRescue Swimmer Paddles out on a sled to assist a deer that fell on the ice in Mastic Beach.
MASTIC BEACH, NY - At approximately 4:27 P.M. on January 23rd, the Mastic Beach Fire Department was called to Smith Pt Park for an animal rescue. On arrival, Suffolk Park Rangers and SCPD Marine Bureau officers found a deer in distress on the ice on the bay side. It appeared that the ice had cracked and the deer was hanging on to part of it to keep itself up.
Two rescue swimmers were deployed in cold water rescue gear. After securing the deer on the ice rescue sled, the rescue swimmer and deer were pulled back to shore by firefighters and police officers who were on shore manning the ropes.
Despite the water temps being below freezing, the deer appeared to be alive and was taken to shore and wrapped in blankets to try to warm it. A wildlife rescue was notified. No further details were available on the deer's status.
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