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Boaters save stranded deer on Fort Loudoun Lake

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"We were out on the lake enjoying the day, the next thing I know a lady pulls up on a jet ski and says hey there's a deer in the water. So we went into scramble mode," said Tate Peck. "We were out on the lake enjoying the day, the next thing I know a lady pulls up on a jet ski and says hey there's a deer in the water. So we went into scramble mode," said Tate Peck.
"She didn't really want to swim all that much, so I kind of just held her under her belly and got her over to the shore," said Holley Bryant. "She just laid down, she laid her head on my lap." "She didn't really want to swim all that much, so I kind of just held her under her belly and got her over to the shore," said Holley Bryant. "She just laid down, she laid her head on my lap."
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An incredible animal rescue story was caught on camera in Knoxville this week.

Sunday started off as a normal day for some boaters out on Fort Loudoun Lake, until they noticed a deer stuck in the water far from shore, struggling to survive.

"We were out on the lake enjoying the day, the next thing I know a lady pulls up on a jet ski and says hey there's a deer in the water. So we went into scramble mode," said Tate Peck.

"There was a great big barge coming, and she wasn't really going any one direction. She was just kind of swimming aimlessly in circles, and with a big barge coming there's no way she would have survived it," said Holley Bryant.

After attempts to herd the deer back to shore, they finally managed to get close enough to grab her.

"She didn't really want to swim all that much, so I kind of just held her under her belly and got her over to the shore," said Bryant. "She just laid down, she laid her head on my lap."

Even then, the deer wasn't strong enough to run.

"It took her awhile to get back on her feet, we had to sit with her a little bit. But finally she got up and ended up making it up the hill," said Bryant.

The rescuers say they aren't sure how the deer got out in the middle of the lake, but that she did have puncture wounds, so they believe she was running from a predator.


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