TOMS RIVER – A large deer that was trapped in a lagoon yesterday afternoon was saved by local first responders.
Around 4:30 p.m., authorities received a call that a deer was stranded in a lagoon near Ship Court.
The East Dover and Silverton Volunteer Fire Companies responded with their marine units and fire apparatus to assist and were able to successfully locate the deer. Using a marine boat, the deer was safely guided back to land near Cattus Island.
East Dover Fire Chief Catapano warned residents they should not attempt these rescue efforts on their own.
“While a deer may appear friendly, close contact with distressed wildlife may result in serious injury and harm to both the animal and the rescuer,” Catapano said.