Calf rescued from icy pond

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

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

By the time firefighters arrived on scene, the two people had managed to get out on their own. That area of the pond that was only about four feet deep.

Crews said if it was any deeper, the would-be rescuers likely would have been stuck in the water with the calf.

The calf's owners managed to get a rope around the animal. Firefighters cut the ice with an ax and pulled the calf out. Firefighters gave the animal oxygen, and the calf's owners said the animal was doing fine.

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

Crews said it is very hard to get people out of the ice if you're not trained and have the right equipment. Coincidentally, firefighters had just done ice rescue training the day before.

Firefighters said most of their ice rescues involve pets. That can change when the pet's owner goes in after their animal.

"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."