Firefighters float 20 trapped ducklings to safety

Firefighters for the Cape Coral Fire Department used a little ingenuity and a lot of patience when a family of ducks fell into a storm drain in mid-Cape. (CNN/CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Firefighters for the Cape Coral Fire Department used a little ingenuity and a lot of patience when a family of ducks fell into a storm drain in mid-Cape. (CNN/CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT)

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (CNN/CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT) — Firefighters for the Cape Coral Fire Department used a little ingenuity and a lot of patience when a family of ducks fell into a storm drain in mid-Cape.

There was no way to open up the area and get down to the ducklings, which were approximately 2- to 3 feet below ground. So crews decided to float the ducks to safety on Monday.

They used tank water to fill the drain. As the water rose, the ducks floated toward the grate.

Engineer Todd Clark was able to use a pair of tongs to reach in and pull the ducklings to safety.

What was thought to be eight to 10 ducks ended up being 20 ducklings, and all were saved.

None of them were hurt in the rescue, and once all ducklings were removed, mother duck and children found shelter in a culvert nearby.

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