Fire fighters helmet cam catches ice rescue of calf

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise fire fighters helped rescue a calf that fell through the ice into a pond near Hidden Springs.

Crews had to call in the ice rescue after they found out while in route that two people had also fallen into the ice while trying to save the animal.

By the time they arrived on scene the two people had managed to get out on their own because it was in an area of the pond that was only about four feet deep.

Crews say if it was any deeper they would have likely been stuck in the water with the calf.

Owners did manage to get a rope around the animal so fire fighters cut the ice with an ax, and managed to pull the calf out. Fire Fighters gave the animal much needed oxygen and owners last said the animal was doing fine.

"They were able to pull him to the shore...," Capt. Ron Christensen said.

Crews say it is very hard to get people out of the ice if you're not trained and have the right equipment. Ironically fire fighters had just done ice rescue training the day before.

Firefighters say most of their ice rescues involve pets, but can quickly turn to people who are trying to save them.

"We know your tunnel vision wants to drive your mind to rescue that dog or pet and assist them in anyway you can," Christensen said. "I just urge you to stop call and we can come help."