U.S. Coast Guard rescues swan stuck in ice

CLEVELAND – U.S. Coast Guard Station Lorain, Ohio, rescued a black swan that was stuck in the ice near the Black River Railroad Bridge, Sunday, at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The black swan was recovered by Coast Guard personnel and transferred to the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village, Ohio.

Station Lorain was notified by the Black River Railroad Bridge operator that a duck was stuck in the river near the bridge. Four station personnel, trained in ice rescue techniques, dressed in rescue clothing and gear entered the water. They broke through the 1.5 inch thick ice with their hands to free the black swan from the ice.

The freed swan limped to the shoreline where it was recovered by station personnel and wrapped in a blanket to keep warm. Station personnel transported the injured swan to the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center for aftercare.

“The Guardian ethos is the essence of today’s Coast Guard. Our core values remain focused on saving lives and protecting both people and the environment,” said Chief Seth Tomas, Officer-in-Charge of Station Lorain. “My crew responded because their commitment to being ‘Guardians’ would not allow them to sit idle while this swan froze to death in the ice.”

Station Lorain is one of several Coast Guard units in the Ninth District with members that are trained in ice rescue procedures to provide assistance to those in need, whether human or animal.

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  1. Debbie says:

    A great story. It renews my hope. I heard a story earlier today about a group on snowmobiles in WI that herded deer and purposely ran them over, killing them. It sickened my heart. I will never understand how a person can take pleasure in terrifying, hurting and killing another living thing. Never. So this story is wonderful and reminds me that as awful as some people can be, there are millions more who care and have empathy and respect for other living creatures. Good job!!!