April 8, 2009

Moose rescued from icy lake will survive

A moose rescued after falling through the ice on a Washington state lake this week will be fine, officials said.

Four members of the Spokane, Wash., County Sheriff's Water Rescue ventured out 200 yards onto the cracking ice of Newman Lake Monday and put a rope around the moose, which was breathing very slowly after being submerged up to its head in the cold water, KHQ-TV, Spokane, reported.

After breaking away some ice to free the animal, the deputies anchored the rope and pulled the moose up on to solid ice, where it was loaded onto a sled and slowly brought back to shore, which Deputy Wade Nelson told KHQ was the toughest part of the rescue.

After a two-hour rescue effort, the exhausted moose was breathing on its own, meaning it will recover, Nelson said.