Officers rescue deer trapped on thin ice

Emergency personnel approach a deer trapped on the ice by Kin Beach Sunday. - Vernon Fire Department photo
Emergency personnel approach a deer trapped on the ice by Kin Beach Sunday.
— image credit: Vernon Fire Department photo

Vernon firefighters are accustomed to rescues, but not generally the four-legged kind.

Firefighters were called into action just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday when they received reports of a deer trapped on the ice in the Kin Beach area.

“We didn’t want people to go out there to rescue the deer and create another situation that could be worse,” said Capt. Doug Imrich of the risk of thin ice.

A rope was tied to a kayak and then conservation officer Ken Owens headed out on to the ice and approached the animal.

“He used the kayak as a raft because the ice was only a couple of inches thick and we wanted him to have something to hang on to if the ice broke,” said Imrich.

Owens eventually got right next to the mule deer, which was less than a year old, and strapped it into the kayak. The firefighters then pulled them into shore using the rope.

Once on the beach, the deer was deemed to be uninjured and then was transported to Adventure Bay and released.

“It walked off into the bush,” said Imrich.

North Okanagan residents are urged to be cautious around ice on local lakes and creeks.


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