Firefighters help rescue deer from lake

Mapleton firefighters were involved in an unusual rescue call over the weekend.

A local resident called 911 after spotting several deer in distress on Conestogo Lake on Saturday. Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson said firefighters received a call about several deer in Conestogo Lake in an open area of water.

“Upon arrival, we saw four deer and our water rescue team took out a boat and rowed to the open spot, then cleared a path (through the ice) for the deer to follow.

 Two of the deer went under water before we got this done, but two swam out and hopefully made it to a bushed area,” said Richardson in an email to the Advertiser.