Firefighters rescue swan from icy water in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The cold weather kept local fire departments very busy on Tuesday but there was one call in particular that stood out.

High Point firefighters were called to a retention pond in High Point off Penny Road to rescue a swan that was stuck in the the ice.

A worker who worked near the retention pond noticed the swan around 5 p.m. When firefighters arrived, the bird was still trapped.

So, wearing survival suits, Training Chief Owen Farmer and Capt. Damon Tobin went in.

They used a stick to break the already thin ice and waded -- then swam -- closer to the swan.

Eventually the two were able to push the swan out of the ice and into open water.

The firefighters said it looked like the swan had a small injury on its wing but the main problem was it just couldn't get any footing on the ice.


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