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Jan 1, 2015 5:29 PM

Firefighters rescue deer from ice at Gilmanton lake


GILMANTON - Firefighters had to tie multiple safety ropes together to make a daring rescue on the ice in the Lakes Region - and it was all to help a young deer.

Just before 10 a.m. this morning, Gilmanton Fire Department was called to Admirals Way for a doe that was stuck on the frozen water of Crystal Lake.

"The deer wasn't through the ice; it just couldn't get on its feet," said Gilmanton Firefighter John Cunningham.

Stuck hundreds of feed from shore on a mostly frozen lake, witnesses quickly grew concerned about the deer.

"He was trying to move and he couldn't," said Katie Grossman, who called the fire department for help. "He had no traction on his hoofs."

The fire department attached a safety rope to Cunningham and sent him about 500 feet onto the ice, which was about 2-3 inches thick. Cunningham said the ice did not break through during the rescue.

"We got it to the shore. I took the noose off, and it just needed a little encouragement to get it the rest of the way off the ice," Cunningham said. Witnesses said they were impressed with the courage and quick-thinking firefighters had.

"They were very bold," Grossman said.

The deer was succesfully rescued to shore and set free.

Firefighters said it appeared one of the doe's rear legs was injured, but after "a little encouragement," it was able to run away into the nearby woods.


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