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Swan rescued from pond in Freetown

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By Mike LaCrosse


A young swan is safe after being frozen in the ice for more than a day in Freetown.

"His feathers on his wings and on his belly have been pulled off by being stuck on the ice and he was trying to escape when the firemen were trying to rescue him," said Freetown Animal Control Officer Lisa Podielsky.

Neighbors noticed the swan did not move from Long Pond between Sunday and Monday then called the fire department.  Both Freetown and Lakeville responded.

"It was obviously in distress, couldn't fly away so I managed to get a blanket over it and drag it back in," said Freetown Firefighter Mark Brogan.

Brogan suited up and was sent more than a hundred feet out onto the frozen lake.

"I had a full ice rescue suit on and I was tethered to the crew on the land with a rope," said Brogan.

"You wanna make sure you have a team to back you up in case something goes wrong out there, which could possibly happen," said Freetown Deputy Fire Chief Cliff Cardin.

The swan is being taken to The Cape Wildlife Center. It is expected to be okay.

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