To Joe Thornton and Geoff Blake of Norton’s Marina, it looked like maybe a person walking on the ice had fallen into the water with two dogs standing nearby Tuesday morning before 9. With air temperatures in the single digits, and water temperature just above freezing, they called 911.
A closer look revealed it wasn’t a person and dogs at all. Rather, it was a deer that had been chased onto the ice by two coyotes intent on a meal. The deer had fallen through the ice and was in the water with one of the coyotes starting to attack and the second coyote lying several feet away.
“When we got close enough to scare off the coyotes, the deer got out by itself. The water’s not very deep there. The deer took off into the woods,” said Battalion Chief Miles Steere.
“We got the call as a dog rescue,” he added. “What we worry about with a dog, people tend to go out and try to save dogs and go in themselves. A dog rescue can become very dangerous very quickly.”
The coyotes continued to roam the ice on Greenwich Bay while the firefighters were on the ice, keeping their distance, but not going away. One kept circling closer to Goddard Park side, as if weighing another hunt for the deer.
“We just gave the deer an extra few minutes,” said one of the men in red as they returned to the Norton’s dock.
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