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Firefighters rescue deer from frozen lake
Firefighters rescue deer from frozen lake

The Spokane Valley Fire Department rescued a doe from an icy fate on Thursday morning. The deer was found trapped on the iced over Liberty Lake and was unable to gain traction to get to solid land.


Firefighters had to get creative in their rescue after falling through the thin ice during their first attempt. Using a paddleboard offered by a nearby homeowner and an ice rescue sled, the firefighters, wearing ice rescue suits, made their way to the exhausted and stranded animal. They were able to secure the doe and were pulled back to shore by ropes.


The young deer had enough energy to run back into the forest.


The Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious when walking on frozen bodies of water. Ice should be at least three inches thick to hold a single person and five to six inches thick for a group people or snow mobile. Clear blue ice is the strongest, so pay close attention to condition of the ice. 

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