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Firefighters rescue deer from icy Baltic Sea

January 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
It was a treacherous rescue operation recently to get to a deer stranded in north Poland's icy Baltic Sea.A team of firefighters steered their boat through sheets of ice to get to the roe deer.

The rescue team faced serious hazards navigating among the sharp ice sheets but managed to save the drifting animal at the "last moment" after dark on Tuesday.

When they got close, the deer jumped off the ice and into the water.

TV footage showed the team of four steering through the plates by boat and using flashlights to find the deer, wrap it in a blanket and carry it back to shore

They handed the animal over to wildlife authorities in a nearby forest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.