Firefighters Help Rescue Calf From Ice-Covered Pond


By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Recent Ice Rescue training paid off this weekend for one lucky calf!
Boise firefighters responded to a call for help from citizens trying to save a calf who had fallen through an ice-covered pond in Hidden Springs Friday afternoon. As firefighters were on the way, they were informed two people had also fallen through the ice trying to rescue the calf. Fortunately, the pond was only three to four feet deep and the people were able to quickly get themselves out of the icey water without injury.
"They realized what a hardship it is for getting anything out of the water over that icey, thin shelf," said Captain Rob Christsensen of Boise Fire Station 16.
Firefighters from Station 16 were first to arrive. They suited up in "Mustang" suits, yellow insulated suits that provide floatation for safety for surface ice rescues. Firefighters were able to use axes to break the ice and using a small boat citizens provided and a large tarp, pulled the calf to shore. Firefighters used specially sized pet masks to give the exhausted calf oxygen. Firefighters left the calf with its thankful owners. AT last report, the calf was weak but looked like it would survive its icy ordeal.
*Images courtesy Boise Fire Department

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