January 13, 2009

Coast Guard rescues ice-trapped swan

The U.S. Coast Guard said a black swan was rescued after it became stuck in Ohio's iced-over Black River.

Chief Seth Tomas of the Coast Guard's Lorain Station said four ice-rescuers swam to the swan and used their hands to break up the 1 1/2 inch thick ice after the trapped fowl was reported by a railroad bridge operator, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Tuesday.

The guardian ethos is the essence of today's Coast Guard, Tomas said. Our core values remain focused on saving lives and protecting both people and the environment. 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.

Rescuers took the swan to the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village, Ohio, to recover from its ordeal.