Simon Garner – 11th February, 2011
Firefighters were in a flap when they scrambled 25 men for the full scale rescue of a swan trapped in a frozen pond – only to find a plastic decoy.
Passers-by had dialled 999 when they saw the swan – left there by fishermen to scare away other birds – apparently stuck fast in the ice in Straubing, Germany.
One firefighter said: ‘The information was very sketchy. We had to search for ages until we found the location. Eventually we saw the swan in the middle of the pond.
‘The ice was not very thick so it was quite a dangerous rescue.
‘But when we got there we found a plastic swan and not a real swan which had been put on the lake to scare birds form coming to try and eat the fish.
He added: ‘Thankfully no one was injured and at least we got a bit of training in.’
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