Man Breaks through Ice to Save Deer in Northern Minnesota

Updated: 11/18/2013 8:38 PM
Created: 11/18/2013 10:31 AM
By: Megan Stewart

A doe is alive after a northern Minnesota man cut through ice with his canoe to rescue the struggling animal Sunday.

Jeff Slygh spotted the deer and immediately grabbed his canoe to help. The ice was not thick enough to walk on, so it took more than an hour for Slygh to break through the ice of Nichols Lake, located about an hour north of Duluth, to reach the doe and bring it safely to shore.

Slygh's neighbor, Jill Schofield. filmed the entire rescue. According to Schofield, Slygh, an experienced fisherman, had to calm the startled animal when he initially reached it, but the doe was calm once it was in the canoe.

Schofield said Slygh fell into the water once during the endeavor.

Slygh said both he and the deer are safe, but exhausted.

Video courtesy of Jill Schofield

Jeff Slygh breaks through ice in his canoe with a doe onboard.
Photo courtesy of Jill Schofield

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