[MARINE_BIOLOGY_INTERNATIONAL] Firefighters rescue pelican at Nokomis jetties


Firefighters rescue pelican at Nokomis jetties

Nokomis firefighters Justin Young, at top, and Sean Thornton, on ladder, helped save a pelican that was trapped in fish line in a tree near the North Jetties on Monday.

Photo provided by Nokomis Fire Department
Staff report

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 11:46 a.m.


The pelican was clearly in peril Monday when it was spotted by onlookers who saw it entangled in fish line and hanging upside down in a tree, 25 feet above the ground.

The large bird was discovered hanging by the fish line in a tree next to the fish camp building at the North Jetties in Nokomis on Monday.

Volunteer firefighters from Nokomis were called to the scene, and they responded quickly with a ladder truck that was used to shuttle two firefighters to where the bird was hanging.

"Firefighters are known for rescuing cats from trees, but in this part of the region it is mostly pelicans," Nokomis Fire Chief Steve Kona said in a statement.

Firefighters Justin Young and Sean Thornton went into the tree and freed the bird, which survived its ordeal.

Kona said the incident should serve as a reminder to anglers to always dispose used fish line properly in receptacles found at most major fishing piers or water access points.

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