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Michigan firefighters make daring rescue on thin ice to retrieve stranded deer

Firefighters rescued a deer stranded in the middle of a Michigan lake, literally on thin ice.

According to the Prior Lake Fire Department, officers received an unusual call at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, after seeing a buck struggling on thin ice.

Video of the heroic rescue shows fire personnel plotting their way to the startled deer in the middle of the lake.

The deer was seen lying down with its limbs spread out.

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Firefighters arrived at the scene with ice equipment and ropes and were seen carefully rescuing the buck. (Prio Lake City/LOCAL NEWS X/TMX)

Two firefighters tied to ropes on the shore were seen carefully sliding across the ice as they prepared to rescue the stricken buck.

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When I got close to the buck, I used a stick to push it toward shore.

Firefighters push buck out of ice

Firefighters worked to push the buck along thin ice to the shoreline. (Prio Lake City/LOCAL NEWS X/TMX)

Exhausted by the harrowing ordeal, the deer was seen resting along the coast before disappearing into the forest.

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City officials said the buck was lucky to survive the deer gun season that just ended Sunday, but it was even luckier to survive being stuck on thin ice.

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