Fishermen rescue deer at sea

Some fishermen out on Long Island Sound discovered an animal in the water that did not fit among the others — a deer.

On Saturday afternoon, Rob Kurdy and his friends were coming back from shark fishing when they spotted something six miles off shore.

They went to check it out and it did not look like the six-point buck was going to be able to tread the 58 degree water much longer.

“You could see it shivering. It’s barely staying afloat,” Kurdy said. “It’s kind of just going in circles.”

The fishermen decided to rescue the animal.

Kurdy said, “He actually got a piece of rope and was able to stick the rope around the antlers real gently and corral the deer towards the boat. We used one of the boat cleats to tie it to him and make sure he was comfortable and we weren’t pulling on him too hard.”

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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