Two icebound deer were rescued Friday in dramatic fashion, one with the draft of a low-hovering helicopter, the second by a man who went onto the ice and forced the animal to shore, with the help of a second man.
As spectators watched in awe, a white helicopter hovered above the ice and literally blew the animal back to shore, about a football field's distance.
The copter, however, could do nothing for the second deer, which refused to budge.
Observers were even more stunned when a man armed with nothing more than a stick walked out onto the ice and began driving the deer back to shore. Once the animal came closer, a member of the local water ski club, which had been considering a rescue of its own, helped pull the animal to land, using a rope.
The first deer, the one driven by the copter, made it through guard rail along the Great River Road and loped haphazardly into nearby
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