Firefighters rescue deer from resident’s pool

Fort Madison firefighters hoist a deer from a swimming pool in the 800 block of Avenue A on Friday morning. Photo courtesy of Fort Madison Fire Dept.

BY PCC STAFF

FORT MADISON – On Friday morning, Fort Madison firefighters put their rescue skills to the test with an unusual victim that decided a fall swim was a good idea.

What appeared to be about an 80 pound doe had somehow leaped into an above ground swimming pool in the 800 block of Avenue A. The pool was covered with a tarp and the deer landed in the water in a way that it didn’t get wrapped up in the tarp, but couldn’t get enough of a run or leap to get out of the pool.

Firefighter Chuck Fullenkamp and Fire Chief Joey Herren, right, try to get a deer out of a pool in the 800 block of Avenue A Friday morning. The rescue was a success and the deer was released about 30 minutes after crews were able to pull it from the pool. Photo courtesy of Fort Madison Fire Dept.

Firefighters tried to capture the animal at the side of the pool to lift it out, but the animal was pretty good at swimming away from the firefighters.

So they used a red rescue rope held across the pool to move the deer to the side and were able to get the rope around the neck and a leg and were able to get four firefighters on each side to pull the deer out of the pool.

Fire Chief Joey Herren said the shift was on scene for about 30 minutes working to rescue the deer, which he said was set free after it was retrieved from the water.

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