I came across this story from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. A deer walked out onto the icy waters of Blue Marsh Reservoir in Berks County and fell through the ice.
Staff members from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission quickly went to its rescue. It’s a beautiful story of human love for our wildlife.
Photo Credit: Joshua Butz, Pennsylvania Game Commission
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On Saturday Jan. 14, Pennsylvania Game Commission Game Lands Maintenance Worker Joshua Butz noticed a deer floundering in the icy water of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Blue Marsh Reservoir in Berks County. It appeared that the doe had walked out on thick ice and fallen through a thin section. The deer was surrounded by ice on all sides and could not climb out. Butz immediately called for assistance to rescue it.
Staff members from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission put on cold water survival suits and pushed a canoe into the reservoir near the doe. Pennsylvania Game Commission and Army Corps of Engineers staff on the shore held onto rescue lines that were fastened to both of the men in the canoe. The Mt. Pleasant Fire Company was also present in case any other rescue equipment was needed.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officer Merrell plunged into the water with ice picks to create a water route back to land. He also helped the doe to find the route to shore by swimming alongside of it. With a little help from these passionate wildlife supporters, the deer was able to run off into the state game lands surrounding the icy reservoir. Thank you to everyone who assisted with this rescue!